Mental health and legal support
Retirement can mean a big shift in routines and responsibilities when compared to your workplace. And that could have mental health and legal implications.
Being mentally well is important, not just so you can get through the day but so you can maintain healthy relationships with others, and appreciate life to the full.
Some of the key elements in maintaining mental wellbeing include:
- finding purpose
- looking after your physical health
- making connections
- feeling safe
- access to support services.
Retirement can also bring with it a new set of rights and responsibilities, which need protecting and upholding.
Depending on your circumstances, you may need legal advice to deal with a range of issues, including:
- discrimination and abuse
- unfair contracts, particularly in regard to accommodation
- strata or community title disputes.
You can also find practical support and ways to look after yourself if you're a carer.
Looking after your mental health
Beyond Blue says that around 10 to 15% of older Australians experience depression and 10% experience anxiety, with the rate of depression climbing to 35% for people living in residential aged care