Conditions such as anxiety and depression do not discriminate based on age. They can affect teenagers as well as older adults. The difference, however, is that seniors need to be careful about the kinds of therapies that they use to treat their illness. Not all antidepressants are created alike, and
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When I first started writing about health issues, I would casually mention how some people find their sleep disturbed by pain, but I didn’t really think much about it, or what the effects can be. Today I find myself in that category due to a lifelong problem that used to
When we think about depression, lack of motivation, or difficulty focusing and concentrating, the well-known brain chemical (neurotransmitter) serotonin often comes to mind. While it’s true that serotonin deficiency is a problem for many people with depression and other mental health issues, researchers have known for years that other neurotransmitters
The practice of tai chi originated in China thousands of years ago as a series of slow, gentle, contemplative bodily exercises geared largely toward improving one’s emotional self-control and the demanding physical skills required by practitioners of the martial arts. Today, an abundance of scientific research supports the widely held
Many diseases that grow more common with age are associated with deterioration in brain health and cognitive decline, warns Deborah Blacker, MD, ScD, director of the Gerontology Research Unit in the Department of Psychiatry at MGH and a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
“That’s why it’s important to get
Just a few hours spent engaging in exercises that teach the aging brain to increase processing speed—the ability to attend to and respond to incoming information—appear to dramatically reduce an older adult’s vulnerability to dementia, new research suggests. A slowing of processing speed often accounts for age-related brain decline.
Could the simple act of resolving a relationship conflict with a close friend or relative actually lower your blood pressure numbers? Research is now saying it absolutely can. Not too many years ago, many doctors and even some medical associations were unconvinced that stress reduction techniques could effectively lower elevated blood
It may begin like a small niggling ache in your buttock. You think perhaps you bumped it and it’s just a little bruise. Then, a shooting pain extends down the back of your leg and into your toes, causing a pinpricking numbness. Sitting is painful. Walking is worse. You limp,
“Stress” is a term used to describe how your body reacts to changing, often unpredictable, conditions. Stress-provoking situations may involve anything from caring for an aging parent to dealing with a chronic illness, or from being stuck in heavy traffic to facing a snarling dog. Chronic, prolonged stress can be
There is no shortage of products and procedures that promise youth and longevity. Some can be helpful, while others are little more than snake oil. What you do and don’t do on a day-to-day basis can often be the defining factors of a life well lived. Dedicated actions, such as