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Healthy Aging - Body, Mind & Spirit

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on 4 April 2013

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Transcript of Healthy Aging - Body, Mind & Spirit

HEALTHY AGING MIND Mind "Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don't
mind, it doesn't matter." - Mark Twain What is mental health? The psychological state of someone who is
functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional
and behavioral adjustment Ways to keep your brain fit! National Institute of Aging suggests that
our brain manages functions without our knowledge such as: breathing
blood circulation
digestion (2008, p. 9) speaking
feel emotions
make decisions Keeping your brain fit! NIA (2008) - older adults love to "read, do puzzles, play games and spend time with family and friends"(p.46)
These activities have also been shown to prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's Is
keeping social contacts important for mental health? Common Mental Illnesses in Old Age 1. Depression
2. Dementias
3. Pseudodementias
4. Late-onset schizophrenia Where can I go to learn more about mental health? But our brain consciously controls ... BODY SPIRIT The emotional state of feeling sad, helpless, irritable & hopeless. (Novak & Campbell, 2010)
Most frequent psychiatric diagnosis in the elder population
Often goes unnoticed/improperly diagnosed (confused with dementia)
Elders represent 19% of suicides in the United States SYMPTOMS thoughts of dying
loss of energy
social withdrawal
physical health problems (i.e. stomach, heart)
hostility/irritability/easily agitated
inability to concentrate
loss of libido DEPRESSION ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE A fatal, progressive & degenerative disease that destroys brain cells
Most common form of dementia; 64% of all dementias in Canada CAUSES SYMPTOMS Memory loss
Difficulty with day-to-day tasks
Changes in mood & behaviour
Problems with language
Misplacing things
Loss of initiative Aging
Other Factors Where did I put my keys? 1. Get a good night's sleep
2. Get exercise
3. Throw a Ball
4. Eat fish
5. Puzzles
6. Learn a new instrument
7. Eat dark chocolate
8. Get enough nutrients Exercise improves health, slows the aging process and improves physical function. Lack of physical activity can lead to functional disability, limiting ones ability to perform ADL's. There are dozens of benefits from exercises such as aerobics and weight bearing activities. Statistics Canada reports that seniors have the lowest rate of participation in leisure activity. Engaging in range of motion exercises is important as we age! 1. Exercise!
2. Good Nutrition! How can you be physically successful in aging? Health:
lower frequency of unhealthy behavior. Emotional
well-being : feeling more optimistic
and happy,
less symptoms of depression. Most older persons report
that religion helps
them cope or adapt with
losses or difficulties COPING Religion can bring: Psychological benefits Social benefits Emotional benefits And Health benefits Psychological A strong means for dealing
with crises, problems of both
living and dying individuals Social religious or spiritual individuals
adjust well into old age. Its gives
them strong family and social
ties in the community. why elders turn to religion: 1. mortality 2. REFLECT 3. SUPPORT 4. Search for lifes
deeper meaning 5. PRAY THE END (Benek-Higgins, Hogan, McReynolds, Savickas, 2008)
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