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Anxiety and Depression in Seniors

Anxiety and Depression in Seniors

It wasn’t that long ago that scientists believed anxiety and depression waned as people became older. But it may be that seniors are more likely to focus on physical ailments than mental and emotional ones. It is such a vital issue that May 2-8 has been designated

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Boosting Brain Health in Seniors: “Name of the Game”

Boosting Brain Health in Seniors: “Name of the Game”

Whenever a TV is on, an ad is playing touting better brain health by playing games. But does it live up to the hype? Yes. And no. Recently, one of the major fee-based brain training companies paid a $2 million fine to the Federal Trade Commission for

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Bullying: Disbanding the Myths

Bullying:  Disbanding the Myths

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Albuquerque recently held a presentation on Bullying:  Disbanding the Myths (senior bullying and bullying in the healthcare field).  The presentation was given by Sheila McDermott-Lord, CEO at Haven.  Approximately 80 people attended from assisted living facilities, hospitals, home health, hospice, guardianship agencies and

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Medication Management for Seniors

Medication Management for Seniors

Each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, adverse drug events cause more than 700,000 emergency department visits—and nearly 120,000 of those patients need to be hospitalized for further treatment. The challenges are especially great for older patients, not only because they take more medications, but

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Bullying: Disbanding the Myths

Bullying:  Disbanding the Myths
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Early-Onset Dementia Can Create Unique Challenges

Early-Onset Dementia Can Create Unique Challenges

While dementia and Alzheimer’s disease tend to be associated with older adults, some symptoms can show up as early as the 30s. When they do, it is often considered early-onset dementia. Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, diseases such as dementia with Lewy

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Sleeplessness in Seniors Can Exacerbate Other Issues

Sleeplessness in Seniors Can Exacerbate Other Issues

As we age, it may become harder to fall asleep—and to stay there. That can lead to a desire for sleeping during the daytime. For seniors in particular, however, other factors may be playing a part: depression, chronic pain, nutritional deficiencies, medications and boredom are all on

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National Social Work Month

National Social Work Month

Social Work is the backbone of mental health services.  Without their skill, training and dedication, many who need assistance simply would not be able to receive it. Today’s social workers hold a wide range of responsibilities in the mental health arena. In addition to advocating for client

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Alcohol-Induced Dementia – Symptoms and Treatment

Alcohol-Induced Dementia – Symptoms and Treatment

Regularly drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over a long period of time may lead to alcohol-induced dementia. It may be called many names and take on many forms. More broadly, it may be referred to as alcohol-related brain damage, which includes other related disorders. An editorial in

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Dehydration in Seniors

Dehydration in Seniors

For many seniors, dehydration quickly becomes a significant health issue, so caregivers need to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of dehydration to help prevent the health consequences.  We all know that dehydration occurs because of a lack of water intake, but many of us do

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