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The Biggest Senior Mental Health Issue Today

As parents and grandparents age, many adult children (and seniors themselves) fear that their loved one will be diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, enduring years of cognitive decline and ultimately death as a result of the crippling disease. When we think of mental health issues in seniors, Alzheimer’s and dementia is at the forefront of our thoughts, conversations, and research. However, there is another silent killer that poses the biggest threat to senior mental health–– depression. Depressive disorders are the top mental health issue faced by seniors today, said gerontologist Patrick Arbore, EdD, director of the Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention…

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How to Remain Mentally Young

Old age is often associated with wisdom because of the vast number of things seniors have experienced. There’s a scientific explanation as to why our elderly loved ones always seem to have endless knowledge and give the best advice. According to neuroscientist Michael Merzenich, PhD, seniors have “millions and millions of little social scenarios and facts” recorded in their brains that can be recalled at any time, and “are much better synthesizer[s] and integrator[s] of that information.” However, many seniors fear that they will succumb to cognitive impairment and memory loss as they age. Today, 47.5 million people worldwide suffer…

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