Mental Health

December 31, 2022
To Add Life To Years: Meeting the Emotional Needs of Your Elderly Loved Ones

How do you imagine overall life satisfaction changes over years of life? You probably expect people to be most satisfied with life in their young and middle years, when they are healthy, with a stable career and income, and a rich family and social life.  But somewhat paradoxically, overall life satisfaction tends to follow an […]

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July 19, 2022
Treatment Options for People with Anxiety

Most people have felt anxiety in their lives, but those who suffer from anxiety disorders also suffer from chronic stress and worry that it can impede their daily lives. A mental health survey from the Centers for Disease Control Prevention found that older adults aged 65 and above have significantly lower percentages of anxiety disorders at 6.2%, […]

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June 2, 2022
Do's and Don't When Fighting Insomnia

Sleep is vital to our lives. Although it seems to be a pretty simple thing (since you just close your eyes and then fall asleep), scientists have been trying for years to understand how we sleep. Despite the excellent progression, we still don’t know everything about how our bodies fall asleep. Nowadays, many people have […]

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May 12, 2022
The Complete Story Behind Fibromyalgia

“I only get one life, and I will not let fibromyalgia take the joy from living it.” —Morgan Freeman.  Following in the brave steps of Mr. Freeman are many other celebrities like Lady Gaga, Mary McDonough, Kyle Richards, Rosie Hamlin, and Michael James Hastings, to only name a few who suffer from Fibromyalgia and refuse […]

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January 26, 2022
Reversible Conditions That Could Be Mistaken For Dementia

If you search out dementia online, you’re likely to find that it is characterized by a “persistent and progressive deterioration of cognitive function.”[1] Persistent and progressive. In particular, those two words are bound to be frightening to just about anyone. It hits you like a speeding truck hanging on worn brakes. After all, dementia has no cure. […]

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September 23, 2021
Neuroplasticity and Recovering from Stroke

The cells that keep your brain functioning are nothing like the ones on your skin, shedding and renewing itself with each turn of the moon. Once a brain cell or a neuron dies, your body cannot replace it with another.[1] Instead, it turns into a scar. A ghost of a cell when you look at […]

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August 11, 2021
A Surprising Effect Of Dementia. Does It Cause Weight Loss?

You’ve probably heard about dementia before. You’re likely familiar with Alzheimer’s disease, which is responsible for as much as 80% of all cases of dementia.[1]   Without knowing anyone diagnosed with this disease, we have an image of it in our minds. It’s often a confused and frail elderly adult with snow-white hair. Perhaps a […]

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July 7, 2021
All Eyes on Guts: Could Gut Bacteria Be a Target for Treating Psychiatric Conditions?

Ever since a 2004 study by Sudo and associates has shown that gut microorganisms affect the stress response in mice, the interest has been growing in uncovering the relationship between the gut with its microorganisms and the brain. The research in this field has accelerated over the past few years, partly due to the low […]

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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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