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“Scentless: Losing Your Sense Of Smell May Make Life Riskier”

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Child nose (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This August 28, 2014 NPR: Shots article talks about the dangers of losing one’s sense of smell.  I honestly had never really thought about this until I spotted this article and while it isn’t a mental health specific article, it doesn’t take much for me to assume that a fire in the kitchen that wasn’t noticed until it got out of control because the person cooking couldn’t smell the smoke could also have an impact on their mental health depending on how great the loss was from the fire.  Also the possibility of unknowingly eating spoiled food and getting sick as a result is something that I imagine could impact a person’s mental health.  So indirectly the subject of this article could have some form of mental health impact depending on what the result of the person missed an important odor was.

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“Certain Antipsychotic Meds Tied to Kidney Problems in Elderly”

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This August 19, 2014 Health Day article  found on the Philly.com website talks about studies that seem to point to a possible link between 3 specific antipsychotics and the potential for kidney damage in the elderly.  The article suggests things to consider before medicating the elderly such as are they comfortable, is the room too hot or too cold, did a family member that typically visits every week not make it to see the person?  It also suggests diverting the persons attention and energy into something more productive and if everything has been considered or tried, then consider medication as a last resort.

“Parents’ attitudes about helping their grown children affect their mental health”

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Mental Health Awareness Ribbon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This February 24, 2014 Penn State News article talks about a recent study that indicates the attitudes of parents who help their adult children can have an impact on the mental health of the parent.

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“Want to Stay Young? Start Moving”

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English: Elderly man with a dumbell sitting on an exercise ball (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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This November 26, 2013 Health Day article on the Philly.com website talks about research that indicates that people who exercise as little as once per week seem to age better and have fewer health problems than those who exercise less often or not at all.  Diseases and disorders that were tracked in the study included Alzheimer’s, depression, dementia, heart disease, cancer, and other mental and physical health issues.

 

 

 

“Elders Think Slowly But More Accurately”

 

 

 

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This January 3, 2012 article on the BrainPhysics.com website talks about a study done on the elderly and on children.  The study looked to see if there was a difference in the accuracy of responses based on age.  The study found that children tended to be slow and not as accurate in their responses, but the elderly who were also slow to respond were actually quite accurate and that the slower response time in the elderly was probably because they were trying to be perfect and not make any mistakes.

 

“Loss of state funds forces Northampton to end services for elderly, persons with disabilities”

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This article dated July 20, 2012 on the Morning Call website talks about the termination of several programs for the elderly and disabled in Northamptom County in response to the 10% budget cut to human services

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