Psychiatrist Comes up with Guide on Senior Mental Health for Senior Health Care Providers

Currently, very few psychiatrists are catering to seniors, and according to national statistics, by 2030, there will only be a ratio of 1:27,000 for geriatric psychiatrists. This is where the creation of a guide for senior mental health comes in. A scientist and geriatric psychiatrist from Indiana University Center for Mental Health Innovation and Implementation Science, Dr. Sophia Wang, co-authored the said guide. According to her, care providers must be well versed when it comes to risks in terms of mental health for seniors. Around 20 percent of the elderly go through depression. Likewise, it is noteworthy knowing that suicide’s highest rates are among elderly Caucasian males, Wang reiter

New Year, New You

We at Homecare California (homecare services) welcome the new year with purpose, peace, and passion. We hope and pray that your desires for this year be fulfilled. Know that with the right mindset, you can accomplish your goals for this year. You have the whole world in your own hands. What to do with your time? Spend it with the ones you love. Do the things that make you happy. Now’s the time to develop productive habits. Let go of the past and be the best version of yourself. There’s no time to waste. You are meant to live a life of great purpose. Live it well.

Elders with Memory Problems May Have Driving Difficulties

Seniors who have memory issues and related decision-making and attention disorders may have challenges when it comes to driving, a Canadian study stated in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Specifically, those with added impairments like difficulty with quick decision making or multi-tasking are specifically inclined to having challenges with driving tasks such as turning left or keeping in a specific lane. Since driving entails multiple cognitive functions such as memory, attention, and visuospatial ability, it can also be affected by mild cognitive impairment. As a whole, those with mild cognitive issues tend to exhibit double as much driving errors compared with healthy drivers. Moreove

Mediterranean Diet Enhances Elderly’s Mental Health, Study Discovers

The heart-friendly Mediterranean diet may boost brain health in the elderly, a study published in the journal Neurology has found. The proponents, led by Michelle Luciano, Ph.D., from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom, studied data recovered from 967 elderly participants (ages 73 to 76) who do not have dementia. Over half of them went through magnetic resonance imaging at age 73 to determine the overall gray matter, volume, and cortical thickness. After three years, 401 of the participants went back for follow-up measurements. Aside from considering other factors relevant to brain volume such as diabetes, education level, age, or hypertension, better measurements were attribu

Afternoon Naps May Beef up Elderly Mental Health, Study Says

A one-hour nap after lunch may help the elderly gain clear thinking as well as preserve their memories and decide well, a study has discovered. Junxin Li, the lead researcher from the University of Pennsylvania, studied over 3,000 Chinese elderly (ages 65 and above) to determine the effects of an afternoon nap to their mental health. According to results, those who took an hour of nap tend to have better health compared with those who do not. In fact, the researchers also found that those who do not take naps at all have mental decline by four to six times. With this, it may be helpful for the elderly and their care providers as they suggest this simple yet powerful habit to their clients an

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