Dealing with Depression

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, more than 6.5 million Americans aged 65 or older are affected by depression. While some adults with depression may have been managing the disease for a number of years, others experience depression for the first time later in life. Symptoms of depression in people older than age 65 include: Social withdrawal Loss of appetite Confusion Loss of interest in activities Feelings of guilt and/or worthlessness Feelings of

Parkinson’s Disease 101

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second-most-common neurodegenerative brain disorder after Alzheimer’s. In his 1817 “Essay on Shaking Palsy,” James Parkinson first described PD as a disease. Now, 200 years later, PD is known to affect an estimated one million people in the US, with about 60,000 new cases diagnosed each year. The cause of PD is still unknown, but genetic and environmental factors are thought to contribute. No test has yet been developed to diagnose

Women and Heart Disease

This past year, my mother developed symptoms of heart disease requiring intervention and treatment. Like most women she ignored and hid her symptoms from those around her. Did you know? Americans suffer more than 1.5 million heart attacks and strokes each year? Heart disease is the leading cause of death for women in the United States One in Four women die from heart disease each year Almost two-thirds of women who die suddenly of coronary

Can Evidence-Based Healthy Living Programs Really Help?

Many programs are described as being “evidence-based” but what does this really mean? The Center for Healthy Aging at the National Council on Aging (NCOA) says that evidence-based programming translates tested program models or interventions into practical, effective community programs that can provide proven health benefits to participants. The evidence is evaluated by the CDC (Center for Disease Control), and they are based on research and provide an ideal model for giving older adults this