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Depression in the Elderly

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans who are aged 65 or older are affected by depression.  Depression in the elderly is closely associated with feelings of dependency and disability, and can have a negative impact on both the individual, and the family.  Untreated depression in

Arthritis Pain

There are a number of types of arthritis that one can suffer from. Defining Arthritis Arthritis is defined by the Mayo Clinic as the inflammation of one or more joints; causing pain & stiffness in those particular affected areas. Each type of arthritis has its own list of specific risks and possible causes but in

Managing The Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

There are some common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease that may or may not affect you. PD is a disease that varies from person to person, making each case unique. However, you can live a full life if you learn how to manage your symptoms. Living With The Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease Below are some common

Preventing a Stroke

Strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted. According to the National Stroke Association a stroke occurs every 40 seconds with 1 person dying every 4 minutes. Signs of a Stroke Signs of a stroke can be determined by using an acronym called F.A.S.T. – think of the fact that the faster

What You May Not Know About Psoriasis

Psoriasis isn’t simply a skin rash that’s inconvenient or not pretty to look at; it’s an auto immune disease that comes out as a red, scaly rash that can be itchy, sore and uncomfortable. Psoriasis is the most common auto immune disease in America, affecting 7.5 million people of every age. Psoriasis Facts Psoriatic Arthritis

Depression & Suicide: Destigmatizing Mental Health Issues

Like most of the world, I was utterly shocked and saddened when I learned that Robin Williams took his own life.  For the rest of the night I was glued to the television, trying to make sense of how someone so funny, so talented, so outgoing, someone who always made us feel so good, could

How To Enjoy Life With Diabetes

According to the CDC approximately 29.1 million people in the United States have diabetes, with approximately 8 million going undiagnosed. Those that live with diabetes have the ability to live long, full lives if they take a positive and proactive approach. Risk Factors of Diabetes Some of the risk factors of becoming diabetic you can

Great Summer Activities for Seniors

It is very important to both the mental and physical well-being of the elderly to remain active and stimulated. Far too often, seniors tend to stay cooped up in the house, because they lack the means or the will to stay actively engaged in various life events.  Remaining isolated and not participating in various activities

Coping with Cancer and Fatigue

Nearly everyone in this country has been affected by cancer in one way or another. We have made amazing steps towards being able to cure cancer but we still have a long way to go. One of the problems of being diagnosed with cancer is that you are lost and scared when you hear those

ABCDE:  Why It’s Important In Detecting Melanoma

Melanoma is a skin cancer that starts in a certain type of skin cell, called a melanocyte. Although they can occur anywhere on the skin, melanomas are more likely to start in certain locations. The trunk area is the most common site in men, and the legs are the most common site in women. The