If you were not already aware, R U OK Day was last Wednesday, the 14th of September. It is a national day of action that encourages Australians to stop little problems becoming bigger by simply asking “Are you ok?” Simple, right?

At Southern Cross Care we understand that change can be overwhelming, no matter how little it may be. Losing a spouse, moving to an aged care facility or loss of mobility are all factors that can contribute to loneliness and it can be difficult to reach out. It is important to understand that it is not uncommon to feel lonely or isolated while adjusting to new things in your life, the important thing is to talk about it.

Beyond Blue estimates around 10 to 15 per cent of older people experience depression, and that number increases to 35 for those living in residential aged care. R U OK Day works as a well needed reminder to ask your loved ones if they are ok and to let them know, they are not alone.

By asking one simple question, “R U OK,” you could change someone’s life entirely. If you would like to find out more information, do not hesitate to visit the website: http://www.ruokday.com/

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