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VITAL advice is being offered to those concerned about their mental health as they get older.

Today is World Mental Health Day, and the Southern Health NHS Trust is marking it by giving tips on how to stay in good mental health while getting older.

Tips include planning ahead for the changes retirement can bring, communicating with friends and family, taking regular exercise and giving yourself time to relax as well as keeping busy. Talking about any worries or fears is also imperative.

Hampshire GP, Dr Nicola Decker, said: ‘If you are concerned about your memory or your mental health, the best thing to do is speak to your GP, who can offer advice and treatment. They can also put you in touch with other organisations that can help.’