Extreme heat kills more Australians than any other natural hazard. Here’s why it’s important to keep an eye on older family and friends this summer.
Not only is it good aerobic exercise, but dancing may help the elderly with reasoning skills and memory.
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Dancing requires physical, social and cognitive engagement and, as a result, it may bolster a wide network of brain regions.
When bonds are forged between generations, both the young and the old benefit.
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Social isolation and loneliness in aging adults have been linked to numerous physical and mental health ailments. Teaching students how to listen deeply to older people can lessen those effects.
Kids with disabilities need support to gain and maintain friendships. But there are benefits for everyone when social inclusion works.
Stay connected but switch off too. Working from home requires a delicate balance to protect your wellbeing and get the job done. Here are some tips.
People who are isolated from others do worse on cognitive tests.
Socially isolated people have poorer cognition, including in memory and reaction time.
Common approaches used to encourage internationally educated health-care professionals to work in smaller communities often focus primarily on attraction, but do not address the reasons why they tend to leave.
Small communities struggle to retain needed internationally educated health-care professionals. Challenges will persist until the compounding effects of social and professional isolation are addressed.
Gun violence spiked in more than half of all U.S. states in the first 13 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The pandemic brought about a sharp rise in mental health concerns, deep unemployment and an unprecedented amount of social isolation – a potentially deadly combination alongside rising gun sales.
Social media can provide ways for LGBTQ youth to learn more about, and stay connected to, their identities.
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While online communities may not fully address the isolation LGBTQ youth face in-person, they can serve as an important source of social support and a springboard for civic engagement.
Trauma-informed care ensures that both patients and staff feel supported in their care decisions.
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COVID-19 hit long-term care facilities hard. Addressing the trauma that residents and staff endured is key to regaining trust in a space that may no longer feel safe.
Isolation and other pandemic stresses can harm pregnant women’s mental health, with effects on their babies too.
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Pregnant women’s experiences can affect their babies’ health, even into adulthood. Researchers know societywide stresses can lead to these long-term consequences – and the pandemic likely fits the bill.
Whether just comfortable at home or nervous about leaving, kids may need extra support to get back out there.
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After more than a year of isolation and empty schedules, some kids might be apprehensive or anxious about interacting with the outside world. Psychology experts provide tips to ease the transition.
Emerging from isolation has a profound effect on our cognitive functions.
The study found people bounce back from their mental sluggishness soon after emerging from isolation.
Life under COVID-19 restrictions means many of us are having to deal with the intense boredom of life being on pause.
As the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions and quarantines continues into their second year, more people are experiencing an acute form of COVID-boredom.
Many older adults are learning new digital skills to help them socialize virtually.
Older adults – despite their awareness of increased risk of COVID-19 – are not reporting more feelings of anxiety, anger or stress than younger age groups.
Hearing voices that are threatening or critical can be frightening and disruptive to daily life.
People who hear voices are six times more likely to feel lonely.
Hikikomori live in a state of extreme and distressing withdrawal.
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Traumatic experiences (usually of shame or defeat) lead many people across the globe to cut themselves off from social contact and withdraw from society.
Social relationships are generally good for mental health, but too much social activity can backfire, leading to fatigue and feelings of guilt when there isn’t enough time to nurture relationships.
It’s tempting to take a break from pandemic precautions.
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It’s draining and depressing to stay on high alert month after month after month. Understanding pandemic fatigue better might help you strengthen your resolve.
In the time of coronavirus, people with dementia and their caregivers need more support than ever.
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New statistics show that people with dementia have been particularly vulnerable during the pandemic.