Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Week and Gratitude

The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to take stock in the blessings in your life. Let your dearest friends and family know what you are thankful for at this time in your life.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. " John Fitzgerald Kennedy  I believe that love is a verb, not a noun, so be sure to put your gratitude and thanks into action.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

YIKES!!!! Heavy Smoking in Midlife Doubles the Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

Medscape reported a recent study by Hien T. Nghiem, MD, that showed that participants who smoked more than 2 packs per day in middle age had a more than 100% increased risk for dementia, Alzheimer's Disease, AD, and vascular dementia, compared with those who said that they were never smokers. Individuals who had quit by the time they took the survey, however, did not have a greater risk compared with never smokers, Dr. Whitmer noted.
The finding, from a large cohort of more than 20,000 people, suggests that the brain is not immune to long-term consequences of heavy smoking.

"That's an important message. It shows that there is definitely a benefit to quitting," she said.
It is never to late to quit. Why not start now or get a loved one to reduce their chances of Alzheimer's Disease. We doing have a smoking cessation program at Klaybor and Klaybor. Call for more information.

Kids pick up on parents' stress, survey finds

USA Today has an article by Sharon Jayson describing the stress reactions of children when parents are stressed.

"Parents may think they're shielding their kids from worry and stress, but a report to be released today by the American Psychological Association finds they don't do a very good job of hiding their stress from their children."

Ninety-one percent of 1,136 young people ages 8-17 surveyed cite ways they know parents are stressed, largely by their behavior.

The online survey, conducted by Harris Interactive in August, shows:
34% say parents yell.

30% say parents argue with other people in the household.
18% say parents are too busy or "don't have time for me."

The message from the consulting psychologist is:
"It's actually better to talk with your kids about the fact that the parent is having challenges," he says. "The key message is 'We're going to address these difficulties and we'll be OK. We'll get through this.”

So, take time to talk and reassure your children or they will suffer.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Crash Course on Social Media

It is time to get your geek skills up to speed. This program will provide an overview of basic social media methods and then a hands on workshop to teach you how to do a blog, Tweet, Skype (free internet video calling), and many more. This workshop is for mental health professionals or organizations wanting to develop or understand the use and impact of social media.

Why Worry? Recently, a reprint of the book  Why Worry  by friend and prolific author, Eric A. Kimmel was recently released. Gayle and ...