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Sleeplessness in Seniors Can Exacerbate Other Issues

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As we age, it may become harder to fall asleep—and to stay there. That can lead to a desire for sleeping during the daytime. For seniors in particular, however, other factors may be playing a part: depression, chronic pain, nutritional deficiencies, medications and boredom are all on

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National Social Work Month

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Social Work is the backbone of mental health services.  Without their skill, training and dedication, many who need assistance simply would not be able to receive it. Today’s social workers hold a wide range of responsibilities in the mental health arena. In addition to advocating for client

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Alcohol-Induced Dementia – Symptoms and Treatment

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Regularly drinking excessive amounts of alcohol over a long period of time may lead to alcohol-induced dementia. It may be called many names and take on many forms. More broadly, it may be referred to as alcohol-related brain damage, which includes other related disorders. An editorial in

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The Connection Between Faith and Overall Health

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According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, spirituality or faith is a “belief in a power operating in the universe that is greater than oneself” in addition to a sense of responsibility to others and a clearly defined moral system.  These three seemingly simple components of

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Dehydration in Seniors

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For many seniors, dehydration quickly becomes a significant health issue, so caregivers need to be familiar with the signs and symptoms of dehydration to help prevent the health consequences.  We all know that dehydration occurs because of a lack of water intake, but many of us do

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Haven Offers Enhanced Services for At-Risk Seniors

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As America’s population ages, the need for mental and behavioral health services continues to increase.  Living with mental health problems can be challenging, and as an individual grows older, further health issues are often encountered.  Research shows that seniors are at a greater risk of some mental

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Weight Loss May Serve as Early Sign of Dementia

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New research suggests that avoiding weight gain in middle age can positively affect the onset of Alzheimer’s. For seniors, though, the issue of weight gain and any type of dementia is more complex. A significant weight loss can be one of the first signals of the disease,

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Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco and NPH Collaborate to Treat Medically Complex Psychiatric Patients

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Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco and NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals (NPH) recently joined in an alliance to better serve the behavioral and medical needs of the North Texas community. NPH is an Indiana-based system of acute psychiatric hospitals that has an innovative approach to treatment that evaluates chronic behavioral

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Author Missy Buchanan and Faith-Based Care

Missy Buchanan is a co-author of “My Story, My Song” with Robin Roberts, co-anchor of Good Morning America and Robin’s mother, Lucimarian Roberts. As an advocate for older adults, she is also the author of bestselling books, including Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body, Talking with

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Set Goals to Improve Health in 2016

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Yes, New Year’s “resolutions” have proven that they often don’t work. Scientists tell us that is because the goals that we tend to set are too big or unspecific. But goals that are realistic and specific are more likely to succeed. If improving your overall health is

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