Although it’s not normal, clinical depression in the elderly is common. How is this mental illness in the elderly different from that in younger adults? It impacts older people differently and often occurs with other medical illnesses and disabilities. Frequently, depression in the elderly is confused with the effects of multiple illnesses and the medicines used to treat them. [Read More...]
With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, more people than you would think are becoming vulnerable to the Holiday Blues. Many people’s anticipation and excitement turn into depression for others with symptoms including headaches, insomnia, uneasiness, anxiety, sadness and unnecessary conflicts with friends and family. [Read More...]
Regular visits to the dentist, along with daily tooth brushing and water fluoridation, have all contributed to improvements in oral health. In the first half of the 20th century, by the time people reached their 30s or 40s many had already lost all their teeth, Helgeson said. [Read More...]
Nursing homes and other senior facilities nationwide are using a controversial technique called doll therapy to ease anxiety among their residents with dementia. Senior care providers and experts say the dolls are an alternative to medication and help draw in elderly people who are no longer able to participate in many activities. [Read More...]
Lying about your age may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life. If you truly believe that you are younger than you really are, a new study shows that you are among a group of people with a lower death rate compared to those who felt their age or older.
This new study includes data from over 6,400 people averaging slightly less than 66 years of age who reported that they felt a little less than 10 years younger. When researchers followed up on these people over the next 8 years, only a little over 14% of those who “felt younger” had passed away compared to 24% who reported feeling their actual age or older.
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Many scientific studies have found a connection between psychological and physical well-being. A review of more than 200 studies back in 2012 found a connection between positive psychological attributes (i.e. happiness, optimism and life satisfaction) and a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. [Read More...]