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Could day clinics be the answer for elderly people with mental-health issues?

The baby boomers are longer-lived than previous generations, but they still experience similar rates of mental illness. Day clinics may be the way to address this concern. When most of us think of elderly mental-health problems, we think of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. But psychiatric disorders such as depression and anxiety are rife in older …

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How do long-term conditions impact on mental health?

The interaction between physical and mental health has been attracting increasing attention.  People with long-term conditions are two to three times more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. The interdependency of mental and physical health has significant implications for individual patients. Mental health problems can complicate …

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Discovering the Blue Zones

People in the Blue Zones (Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Loma Linda, California and Nicoya, Costa Rica) enjoy long, healthy lives. They routinely live to be 100 and have very little lifestyle disease such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Nine reasons for their good health have been given, …

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Focusing on wellness

In recent years, there has been a shift away from a focus on illness alone, to more attention being placed on wellness, both in policy and health practice. “Five Ways to Well-being” is a set of five simple, evidenced-based actions which can improve wellbeing in everyday life for everyone, no …

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