Suicide Prevention: Recognizing the Troubling Signs shared by Melissa Howard

Suicide is a serious issue that affects people from all walks of life. In 2013, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death for people of all ages in the United States. Additionally, an estimated 9.3 million American adults reported having suicidal thoughts that year.  Generally, people who attempt suicide do not actually want to […]

Making the Decision to Move to Assisted Living

After a hospitalization or crisis at home, you may ask yourself “Do I need Assisted Living?” Change can be challenging for anyone; not only yourself but your adult children and grandchildren. Work as a team on any potential transition. What are the signs that say you may need help? Have you been hospitalized and family […]

Ageism and Depression

How many of you believe that you are age sensitive? Why do I talk about ageism and depression in the same article —– because ageism contributes to depression in older adults. To combat ageism at large and age discrimination in the workplace, some myths about older people must be dispelled. 74-year-old Erdman Palmore, professor emeritus […]

Depression vs. Dementia

So why talk about these two different topics in the same sentence?  They are actually very similar, yet have subtle differences and sometimes get misdiagnosed. For a long time doctors dismissed forgetfulness and mental confusion as a normal part of aging. But scientists now know that memory loss as you age is by no means […]

Older Adult Mental Health Week

It’s just as important for an older person with symptoms of depression to seek treatment as it is for someone younger. The impact of depression on health in older adults can be severe: much research has reported that depression is associated with worse health in people with conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. In […]

Coping with Anxiety

Anxiety Disorders Occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. You might feel anxious when faced with a problem at work, before taking a test, or making an important decision. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry or fear. For a person with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can […]

You and Your Aging Parent

As we watch our parents age, it often takes us by surprise that they are becoming more frail or exhibiting some signs of cognitive decline. We want to respect their wishes and believe that they can continue to care for themselves but when is it time to step in and provide support, when is it […]

Recovering from the Post-Holiday Blues

Recovering from the Post-Holiday Blues You’ve opened all the presents, recovered from all the rich foods, and sent out your thank you notes. But now that the trimmings are gone and parties are over, are you feeling down? It might come as no surprise that seasonal blues often reach their peak once the festivities have ended. […]

Coping with the Holidays

Some good advice for coping with the holidays when a family member suffers from a mental illness. The first thing that loved ones need to do is to respect the coping mechanisms the person with the mental illness has developed all year long. This means, respect their routine. Respect their need for space. Respect that […]

Caregiver Depression Can Influence the Care Receiver’s Recovery

It’s not uncommon for depression to follow a stroke, in both the stroke survivor and the caregiving partner. A recent study on the factors that influence depression after a stroke finds that optimism and self-esteem in the caregiver can actually help combat the patient’s depression. The study, presented during the annual meeting of the International […]