Depression is more than just feeling sad or blue. It is a common but serious mood disorder that needs treatment. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, and working.
When you have depression, you have trouble with daily life for weeks at a time. Doctors call this condition “depressive disorder” or “clinical depression.”
Depression is a real illness. It is not a sign of a person’s weakness or a character flaw. You can’t “snap out of” clinical depression. Most people who experience depression need treatment to get better.
Depression Is Not a Normal Part of Aging
Depression is a common problem among older adults, but it is NOT a normal part of aging. In fact, studies show that most older adults feel satisfied with their lives, despite having more illnesses or physical problems. However, important life changes that happen as we get older may cause feelings of uneasiness, stress, and sadness.
For instance, the death of a loved one, moving from work into retirement, or dealing with a serious illness can leave people feeling sad or anxious. After a period of adjustment, many older adults can regain their emotional balance, but others do not and may develop depression.
Get Immediate Help
- If you are thinking about harming yourself, tell someone who can help immediately.
- Do not isolate yourself.
- Call your doctor.
- Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room to get immediate help, or ask a friend or family member to help you.
- Call the toll-free, 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) or 1-800-799-4TTY (1-800-799-4889).
Recognizing Symptoms of Depression in Older Adults
Depression in older adults may be difficult to recognize because they may show different symptoms than younger people. For some older adults with depression, sadness is not their
People with Alzheimer's disease can be especially vulnerable during disasters such as severe weather, fires, floods, earthquakes, and other emergency situations. It is important for caregivers to have a disaster plan that includes the special needs of people with Alzheimer's, whose impairments in memory and reasoning severely limit their ability to act appropriately in crises.
In general, you should prepare to meet the needs of your family for 3 to 7 days, including having supplies and backup options if you lose basic services such as water or electricity. Organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the American Red Cross provide information about making a general disaster preparedness plan. The Administration for Community Living has a disaster planning toolkit for people with dementia.
Come join us for a fun-filled day exploring crafts of local vendors from the area and find that perfect Mother’s Days gift! This event will be free and open to the community. Click here to download the flyer.
Free refreshments will be served.
Saturday, May 4, 2019
10:00am – 2:00pm
Event will be held in doors, Rain or Shine
(BPT) - The human body is something to marvel at, but sometimes we take it for granted. Some things, like your natural teeth, are truly worth the effort to take care of and preserve. And most Americans agree.
A recent survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists revealed that over 95% of Americans believe it’s important to save your natural teeth. The top two reasons people gave are that it’s healthier and gives you a better appearance. The survey found that young people value saving their natural teeth as much, if not more, than any other aspect of their body. Nearly a quarter of millennials rank their teeth as the number one thing they would save or maintain about their body, compared to baby boomers’ preference for saving their eyesight (37%).
“We tend to take our bodies for granted, so it’s wonderful that younger people understand the importance of dental health,” said Dr. Patrick Taylor, president of The American Association of Endodontists (AAE). “Endodontists take pride in using advanced training, specialized techniques and superior technologies to perform root canal treatment to help people keep their natural teeth.”
Endodontists are considered the experts in performing root canal treatments. They complete two to three additional years of training related to the interior of the tooth after completing dental school. They know how to use the most advanced and specialized technology, and have greater precision and skill in hand-eye coordination to perform even the most complex treatments.
Here are some important tips from endodontists to help protect and save your natural teeth:
Observe oral health care best practices. Daily brushing and flossing are vital to caring for your teeth. Visit your dentist for regular checkups, X-rays and cleanings.
As we age, we begin to learn — sometimes firsthand — how devastating a fall can be. It isn’t quite as easy as it once was to hop back up and continue on our way.
Each year, more than one in four Americans aged 65 and over experience a fall, which contributes to roughly 3 million emergency room visits and nearly 30,000 deaths per year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While the majority of falls are non-life-threatening, they can take a serious toll on quality of life and independence.
The good news, however, is that most falls are preventable.
“Being aware of the risk factors and taking the proper precautions can reduce your chances of serious injury, and help you maintain and improve the