Some of the most important ways to look after our mental health are maintaining our social connections, staying active, getting regular exercise and eating a healthy diet.

Retirement can be a long awaited opportunity to do the things you've always wanted, but it can take some adjustment. You may start to miss the structure and social aspects of going to work or feel like you lack purpose. It's important to plan how you will keep active when you retire.

Find an activity to suit you

We've created a searchable directory to make it easier for you to find an activity you might enjoy. Click the 'find activities' button below to see what's on offer.

Add life to your years

Learn, socialise, exercise, get creative.

Support for those experiencing anxiety and depression

Challenges we face as we age, like losing our driver's licence, suffering an illness, or experiencing the death of a loved one, can all engender a natural sense of sadness, loss and grief.

However, intense anxiety and low moods that do not go away should not be seen as a natural part of ageing. Once recognised there are many effective treatments and lifestyle changes that can help.

For more information see the Better Health Channel's Depression and ageing web page.

Beyond Blue's Older People website also has some great information, ideas and support for older people experiencing anxiety and depression.

Camcare in Camberwell offer Counselling and Wellbeing Services for older people and their families including short term individual or family counselling. They can help with issues like grief, loss, change, retirement, future planning, social connection, family issues, relationship issues, elder abuse and many other issues that impact older people. Visit the Camcare website to find out more.

Find more health information

You can use the Victorian Government's Better Health Channel tool below to find quality assured, reliable, up to date and easy to understand health information on depression.*

*The links in the Better Health Channel tool take you to a website that is managed and authorised by the Department of Health and Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia. The site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.

Content on the City of Boroondara website is provided for information purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. This information is not intended to replace advice from your doctor or other registered health professional.

Need advice now?

NURSE-ON-CALL provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 1300 60 60 24

If your situation is an emergency, you should always call 000 or go to an emergency department at a hospital.

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