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Caregivers of Older Adults Blog | Depression

Mental Illness in Seniors: Are they suffering in silence?

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, May 21, 2014 @ 02:02 PM

“Despite great strides in our understanding of mental illness and vast improvements in the dialogue surrounding it, too many still suffer in silence.” This is the very first sentence in this year’s Presidential Proclamation for National Mental Health Awareness Month.  As America’s population ages, the need for mental and behavioral health services continues to grow.  Unfortunately there are many myths about aging and mental disorders, such as anxiety and depression being normal signs of aging.  Too often such generalized statements are the cause of older adults being under diagnosed or overlooked for problems that are very treatable.  However, even the normal physical and emotional stresses that go along with aging can be risk factors for mental illnesses like anxiety and depression. 

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mmLearn.org: Celebrating 7 years with 7 Top Videos!

By Cyndy Marsh on Thu, May 01, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

From the Seven Wonders of the World to seven days of the week – the number seven appears over and over in history and considered for many reasons to be the number of perfection. So instead of waiting to celebrate the traditional ten or twenty year anniversary – mmLearn.org is celebrating our seven years of producing top notch videos with presenters providing the latest and best caregiver resources available.

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Challenges of Caregiving: I’m a Caregiver – Do I Matter?

By Nina Rios on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

How often do we see someone in a wheelchair or in a hospital or nursing home and not even notice or acknowledge the caregiver close by? On a recent Twitter Chat, the topic of discussion was loneliness among seniors and family caregivers.  The conversation lit up with comments from professional as well as family caregivers and their responses were often times heart breaking:

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Hope for Caregivers: Blooming Amidst Dreary Winter Days

By Cyndy Marsh on Thu, Jan 30, 2014 @ 10:33 AM

In South Texas we’re pretty accustomed to 100 degree weather in the summer, but winters’ occasional freezes, icy roads and temperatures in the mid-twenties cause all kinds of havoc.  Much to the delight of children and probably teachers, school closings are common, along with a record number of car accidents and that’s without a trace of snow on the ground. But it may also be those dark dreary days of winter that can sometimes cause the elderly and may be even their caregivers to feel depressed or just out of sorts. Perhaps it’s just a matter of becoming resilient to our particular circumstances that helps all of us withstand the test of whatever challenges we deal with on a regular basis. 

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Hoarding: Only Passing Through

By Cyndy Marsh on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 12:28 PM

In the Rule of Benedict:  A Spirituality for the 21st Century, author Joan Chittister, tells the following story:

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Caregiving: The Mamas & The Papas

By Cyndy Marsh on Thu, Jun 20, 2013 @ 04:08 PM

In the mid to late sixties the folk rock group The Mamas & The Papas splashed on to the recording scene with hits such as California Dreaming – remember?  It was several years ago while working in a university office when during a weekly luncheon meeting we realized that there were at least six of us caring for elderly parents.  What began soon after was an impromptu gathering of a support group we fittingly named “The Mamas & The Papas.” The group made way for a much needed and long overdue discussion about what everyone was doing to stay sane and find ways to better cope with the stresses and responsibilities of caregiving.  Word made its’ way quickly around the small university and before long “The Mamas & The Papas” group welcomed caregiving spouses and even students helping care for grandparents. 

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