When a Holiday Visit Leads to Concern

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When it’s been a while since you’ve seen someone, the changes can be noticeable. Maybe they are a little thinner (or heavier). Maybe they’ve changed their hairstyle or style of dress. But when the holiday visit is to a senior parent, subtle changes can signal much more.

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Family Challenges During the Holidays

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While we all like to pretend that we are that happy family in any one of the numerous television commercials celebrating the holiday season, most of us know that the holidays can bring challenges for families of all ages, especially when elderly family members have so many

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Merry Christmas from Haven

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Depression During the Holidays


In Norman Rockwell’s paintings, holidays are a time of joy, of families being together and peace on earth, good will toward men. But for many people, those paintings are far from reality. Loneliness can be especially acute. Family tensions can rise. The holidays can be anything but

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Forrest Blue Summers, BSN, RN, Becomes Director of Nursing for Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco

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Haven Behavioral Hospital of Frisco, Texas, welcomes Forrest Blue Summers, BSN, RN, as its new Director of Nursing. Summers takes on the role after a season as Director of Psychiatric Emergency Services for Green Oaks Hospital in Dallas. Summers brings more than a decade of nursing experience

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Keeping the Joy in the Holidays for Seniors

The holidays are here and, every year, there are multiple stories about how this may be a difficult season for seniors. But it doesn’t have to be. With a little planning, this holiday season can be one of the best yet. Accept the new reality. You may

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Family Caregivers: One of Life’s Toughest Roles


As a noun, “care” means to provide what is necessary for health and welfare. As a verb, it means to attach importance to something. Caregivers manage to do both: providing for daily needs while doing so in a manner that says the recipient means something to them.

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Beware the “Winter Blahs”


Many adults may struggle with Seasonal Affective Disorder and not recognize the symptoms.  According to the Mayo Clinic, “Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that’s related to changes in seasons” which can initially appear in the fall as the days become shorter, then increase

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Haven Hosts 2nd Anniversary Celebration

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Long Ago and Far Away: Senior Veterans Still at Risk for PTSD


Each November, our nation takes a day to remember veterans. This Veterans Day, think not only of the young warriors who have returned from recent deployments, but also of the seniors who served many years back—and still are dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the

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