Better Behavioral Healthcare for Medically Complex Seniors

Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco and NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals (NPH) recently entered into a partnership with one goal in mind:  to improve the quality of care for medically complex seniors with behavioral health issues in the North Texas area.  For the last six years, NeuroPsychiatric Hospitals have been

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Pain and Dementia – Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges

Pain and Dementia

Having others truly understand the depth or severity of our physical pain can be a challenging endeavor. How much more so for those with dementia, who may also experience confusion, memory loss or lack of ability to communicate clearly? In this delicate population, pain—especially chronic pain—may continue

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Early-Onset Dementia Can Create Unique Challenges

While dementia and Alzheimer’s disease tend to be associated with older adults, some symptoms can show up as early as the 30s. When they do, it is often considered early-onset dementia. Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, diseases such as dementia with Lewy

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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


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


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


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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