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5 Smart Ways to Take Care of Your Mental Health as you Age »

Just as everyone fits into a spectrum of physical health, mental health has a spectrum as well. Identifying symptoms early can make it easier to treat and prevent more serious issues. Even if you aren’t diagnosed with a mental illness, your thoughts, emotions and attitude affect your energy, productivity and overall health. It’s imperative to take care of your mental health as you age in order to strengthen your ability to cope with everyday hassles as well as more serious crises and challen...  

Three Reasons to Screen Your Mental Health Regularly »

Most of us have participated in annual physical checkups, allowing our doctors to check on various aspects of our health, like our blood pressure or weight. This is an important way to determine the quality of our health and help us make improvements as needed. Equally as important as our physical health – though much more often ignored – is our mental health. The National Alliance on Mental Illness has found that the average delay between when mental illness symptoms first appear and interv...  

How to talk to your doctor about your mental health »

Talking to your doctor about your mental health can be tough. The topic isn’t easy to bring up, but as you age, it will become increasingly important to discuss. In 2013, the World Health Organization found that approximately 15% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental health disorder. You have the power to take care of yourself by taking action and proactively having conversations about your mental health with your doctor. Here are a few ideas for making mental health discussio...  

Four Early Warning Signs of Mental Illness to Watch for in Older Adults »

Mental illness is a common, though often ignored, malady in older adults. The World Health Organization found that, as of 2013, approximately 15% of adults over the age of 60 suffer from a mental disorder. Unfortunately, many people confuse symptoms of mental illness with normal signs of aging.   Mental illnesses are diseases that cause mild-to-severe disturbances in thought and/or behavior, resulting in an inability to cope with life’s ordinary demands or routines.  Common mental illnesses ...  

How to Talk to Your Parents About Their End of Life Plans »

For many people, discussing end of life plans can be uncomfortable and even scary. However, adopting a sense of openness today creates certainty and ensures that when the time comes, you can take the proper steps to carry out the intent and wishes of your loved ones. These conversations should encompass the preparation of advance directives including a living will, as well as estate planning and any other concerns specific to your family. Advance directives also ensure that the person faci...  

Three Reasons to Develop an Advance Directive (Today!) »

If you’ve been considering writing an advance directive (also known as a living will) but haven’t sat down to put your wishes on paper, you should stop waiting and start writing. An advance directive is a legal document that lets you voice your decisions about end-of-life care. Your health care professionals and loved ones will use your advance directive to determine how to act in your best interest when you are unable to communicate your medical wishes yourself. If these wishes haven’t be...  

Three Common Questions About Advance Directives »

The topic of advance directives often goes undiscussed between family members and loved ones, and for good reason. It’s a difficult subject to broach. But because this document allows you to spell out how you’d like to be cared for at the end of your life, it’s important have an open conversation with your loved ones to ensure they fully understand your wishes. With varying processes in different states and confusing terminology, questions often arise about the nuances of advance directives...  

What is a Living Will? »

We all know what a will is, but do you know what a living will is? A living will (also known as "advance health care directives" or "advance directives") is a legal document that is used to dictate a person’s desires regarding how life-prolonging medical treatments are provided. A living will is an important document to have so that your family and doctors know how you’d like to be cared for, should you yourself lose the ability to communicate it yourself. When Does a Living Will Take Eff...  

The Grandparent's Ultimate Guide to Email »

Connecting with grandkids is one of the greatest joys for grandparents. As Margaret Mead put it, “Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.” And nowadays, one of the best ways to access your grandchildren is through email. Whether connecting through your child’s email account or your grandchild’s, this form of communication is quick, reliable and provides ample space for sharing stories, photos and more with one another. Here ar...  

Five Resources for Finding Classic Movies »

Did you know that many classic films are readily available to watch at any time online? Thanks to the Internet, you no longer need to own a copy of your favorite classic movie in order to watch it. Even better, you can watch many classic films for free. Below are five online resources that will allow you to watch classic movies on your computer, tablet or on a TV connected to the Internet. 1. WatchTCM Turner Classic Movies’ (TCM) online companion to their television channel features a p...  

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