Loneliness is a growing issue in the aging population that impacts both physical and mental health. Therefore, creating social connections becomes increasingly important for older adults as they age. Philadelphia Parks and Recreation creates community spaces like the West Oak Lane Older Adult Center to foster companionship and well-being. In this video for the “How I Know My Mind” series of the Know Your Mind campaign, members and faculty discuss how older adult centers impact mental health.
Launched in 2020, Know Your Mind is Independence Blue Cross’s mental health public health campaign that educates the community about symptoms of depression and anxiety and offers resources to support mental health.
“How I Know My Mind” is an extension of Know Your Mind that presents personal reflections from people throughout the Philadelphia region sharing how they boost their mental well-being.