Mental Health

June 9, 2021
What Not to Say to Someone with Alzheimer’s

In the trailer for the movie “The Father”, there is a scene where Anthony Hopkin’s character shouts “I’m not leaving my flat!” A grimace forms on his face. His voice is heavy, frustrated, and stern. He repeats the line, each word enunciated clearly, “I am not leaving my flat!”   But the gut punch comes […]

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May 27, 2021
Hidden Signs of Elderly Anxiety and Ways to Calm Them

Heart pounding, hyperventilating, thoughts racing, and a sense of impending doom sitting heavily on the chest. Is anxiety always like that? It can feel like it. But in an older individual, anxiety is rarely that simple.   What does anxiety look like? The American Psychiatric Association defines anxiety as the “anticipation for future threat”. On […]

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May 22, 2021
5 Tailored Activities for Seniors with Late-Stage Dementia

Dementia — and its stepwise decline  Dementia is an umbrella term that covers different disorders and Alzheimer’s disease comprises the majority of it. It is a disorder characterized by a decline in at least one cognitive domain such as learning and memory, language, executive function, attention, perception, motor or social cognition [1]. Most seniors suffering […]

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May 8, 2021
Does the Key to Understanding Alzheimer’s Lie in the Gut?

The human body is a home for a variety of microorganisms. Bacteria, viruses, and fungi reside on the skin, the eyes, in the upper parts of the respiratory system, lower parts of the urinary system, the vagina, and alongside the whole digestive tract – from the oral cavity to the anus. All these human body […]

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April 16, 2021
“It Is Not As If I Am Paralyzed”: Anosognosia, a Lack of Insight

Do you happen to know a person with dementia? As their condition progresses, you can see how their memory and other cognitive functions deteriorate. But can they prevent it? According to researches, 20-81% of patients with dementia are unaware of their impairment. This is what we call anosognosia, a neurological condition in which the patient […]

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April 13, 2021
Keeping Your Mind Sharp After 65? Take This Advice!

A decline in cognitive functions is a normal part of aging. While vocabulary, for example, doesn’t change or even improves with age. Other abilities, such as reasoning, processing, attention, and memory, inevitably worsen. This is more pronounced in patients with dementia or a mild cognitive impairment (MCI) but is not strictly reserved for them. The […]

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March 26, 2021
Mental Health in Physically Disabled Individuals

Individuals with physical disabilities have been viewed as somewhat “less human” since ancient times. Although recent civil rights movements in the past few decades have made the situation favorable for disabled individuals, the plague of discriminating against disabled individuals prevails in different parts of the world even today. In ancient times, the thought of disability […]

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March 10, 2021
Can a Person Die from Dementia?

Dementia is a progressive decline of brain functions. Our brain is the command center for controlling everything that goes on in our bodies; it has the final say in how you think, how you move, and what you feel. Dementia slowly deteriorates brain functions, starting from mild memory deficits up to severe compromise in the […]

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