What do we really mean when we speak about “mental health?” Do we mean that we never experience unpleasant emotions? Not to me. To me, a mental health professional for many decades, never experiencing unpleasant emotions could be seen as unhealthy, because there is loss, challenging work and relationships,
Everyone who knows me personally hears me consistently describe the many virtues and joys of music. In dealing with older folks and especially those with dementia, it is particularly remarkable to see them light up and actively sing all the words of their favorite “old” tunes even when they
It’s natural to go through many physical changes with age. However, what doesn’t change is the need to maintain a healthy weight. Metabolism—or how the body converts food into energy—may slow down as we age, so older adults must adjust their diet or exercise to manage weight. Seniors may
Smoking cigarettes can have many harmful effects on our bodies. The health risks associated with cigarette consumption are even worse for older adults. Recent findings from the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease indicate that cigarette smoking is associated with poorer cognitive performance among people 60 years and older. This association is broadly the
So many of you have expressed concerns about the emotional toll associated with your social isolation and resulting loneliness and similar challenges for others you love during this nearly three years of pandemic. You and I too have undoubtedly felt the impact from the many, many days of staying
Dear Friends of ParentingOurParents, I’ve never been a fan of New Years’ Resolutions. It always seemed too easy to miss that daily trip to the gym by January 10th and then it felt “downhill” from there. But I’ve long since enjoyed and recommended creating a list of New Years’ Aspirations/Inspirations.
What if Your Beloved Parent with Alzheimer’s Could Live a Freer, Happier and Healthier Life in a Dementia Village Like This?
What if your beloved parent with Alzheimer’s could live a freer, happier and healthier life in a dementia village like this?
Who me? Now? Be grateful with all this going on? Grateful – hmmm. Maybe those thoughts crossed your mind when you saw this headline. Or maybe you thought: is there really a need for an international day to be grateful? Well, maybe the answer is a loud: “you betcha,” that