Mental Health

Preventing Suicide in the Elderly

September 7-13 is National Suicide Awareness Week and with suicide among seniors increasing consistently, it’s important to address the problem of suicide in the elderly. Suicide in the elderly make up over 18% of total suicides. Signs that Suicide May Be In Someone’s Thoughts While not every person will show signs that can cause a

Chronic Loneliness

You may have never heard the term chronic loneliness but it’s a very real problem for those who live alone, especially the elderly. Recent studies have determined that there is a correlation between chronic loneliness and health issues, including premature death. What is Chronic Loneliness? Chronic loneliness, while somewhat self explanatory, isn’t simply the fact

Healthy Aging – 7 Ways to Love Your Brain

Healthy aging includes ensuring a healthy brain so that your entire body ages well. Brain Facts The Brain Shrinks with Age – as we age our brains shrink; especially the frontal lobe and the hippocampus (see above image). These areas are used for complex mental activities, planning, basic learning, and memory. White Matter – the

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

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