Mi madre, el Alzheimer y yo

Mi madre vivió los últimos diez años de su vida víctima del Alzheimer. Al principio, olvidaba realizar las tareas más comunes de la rutina diaria. Después, empezó a confundir nombres, fechas, personas. Su deterioro, que se agravó velozmente a partir de esas primeras manifestaciones, prosiguió hasta devastar por completo su cuerpo y mente. En el
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Preventing Cognitive Decline

Cognitive decline affects thousands of older adults every year but remains misunderstood by many Americans. The condition manifests through a full spectrum of symptoms from confusion and memory loss, Dementia and Alzheimer’s. Despite the fact that one in nine adults above age 45 experience confusion or memory loss and one in 10 adults age 65 and older develop Alzheimer’s, less than 50 percent of adults who begin experiencing symptoms visit their doctor. Although there is no cure for cognitive decline, adults can take everyday precautions to avoid or delay the onset of symptoms.

A Beginner’s Guide to Therapy

When it comes to seeing a therapist, far too many people don’t have a clue as to where to start. The process of finding the right therapist can be daunting, and cultural misconceptions about mental health can prevent asking others for help.  These myths and misconceptions vary according to culture and age group, but they all share stigma that can keep people – especially in communities of color – from seeking necessary treatment. Let’s debunk some therapy myths.

Physical Exercise = Better Mental Health

We all know exercise is good for your physical health, but did you know that consistent exercise is proven to have significant benefits for your mental health too? Regular exercise can help serious mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, among others. But how does that happen? What kind of exercises should we be doing to achieve these benefits? How much exercise does it take to get these results?

Mental Health in Minority Communities

Mental health issues affect people regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, age, gender, or sexual orientation with nearly one in five American adults experiencing a mental illness at some point in their life, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). It’s key to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health and should be treated with an equally high priority. There is no shame in being proactive and seeking help.

Ready to Fly

As I arrived at Emory University to begin a “Health Coach” certification program, I recalled my previous visit to Atlanta, some 40 years earlier, to attend an Eastern Airlines training. It occurred to me that Eastern’s advertising tag line – “The Wings of Man” – which sounded so appropriate at the time, certainly would not fly in today’s more gender-conscious world. Here I was again, a woman ready to spread her wings, excited to begin yet another adventure.

¡Lista para volar!

A mi llegada a Emory University para comenzar un programa de certificación en “Health Coach” (Tutoría de salud), me vino a la memoria mi última visita a Atlanta, hará unos 40 años para asistir a un entrenamiento de la aerolínea Eastern Airlines. Se me ocurrió pensar que el lema de publicidad de Eastern en aquel
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