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February 2017

Monthly Archive (Mental Health)

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By Jim Emerman and Anne Colby One 74 year old man, who is chronically disabled, is running two large organizations, both of which he founded. One provides international relief to disaster areas throughout the world; the other provides health care assessment and support to American Indian... Read More
Each year we invite contributions to AgeBlog from members of the Aging in America Conference community who will be making a presentation at the conference. For 2017, we received a rich series of contributions covering issues ranging from use of acupuncture for pain... Read More
By Bonnie Brandl Elder abuse affects millions of older adults and the people who love them and care for them. The Elder Justice Roadmap, created by the field for the field and funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, defines elder abuse as the... Read More
By Deborah Bier Do you know someone who lives with dementia through your profession or personally? If so, it's likely at some point their cognitive health has made you concerned for your own. You forget an old friend's birthday... you can't find your car keys, again... you forget the... Read More
By Wendy L. Miller and Gene D. Cohen (with Teresa H. Barker) The following is an excerpt from Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging and Illness. Oxford University Press; $27.95; ISBN 9780199371419, 352 pages, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press. The book Sky... Read More
By Karen Sheriff LeVan “Anyhow, it’s fun. . . Even when I was sitting in the dentist’s chair on Monday getting some teeth pulled, I was counting syllables,” replied Helen, a leader in our small writing group. I’d asked her why she participated and was surprised when... Read More
Respite Care: Because Caregivers Deserve a Break By Joy Johnston Family caregivers need, and deserve, more robust supportive services, but a break may be the most precious gift of all. Imagine if we could harness the power of the sharing economy to transform respite care from an underutilized... Read More
By Judy A. Cornish In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman explains the existence of our experiential and remembering selves. Although Dr. Kahneman is not thought of as an expert on dementia care, grasping this concept will greatly enhance your success in caring for your loved ones... Read More
By Denise White Perkins A tale of two seniors: Mrs. Wixom is a 75-year-old widow. Her children live out of state. She suffered a stroke last year, and was recently discharged from the hospital after a heart attack. She has all her medications and a list of doctors’ appointments, but no car... Read More

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