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Preventing Financial Elder Abuse & Exploitation with Dr. Peter Lichtenberg

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Introducing the Center for Mental Health & Aging

There’s a mental health crisis facing older adults in their families. Adults 65 and older are the fastest growing age group in the United States. In fact, by 2034, there will be more adults 65 and older than children under the age of 18.

 

About 1 in 4 older adults experiences a mental health condition, including depression, anxiety, dementia, substance use and more, yet the vast majority of these older adults struggle to get adequate mental health care, resulting in worse medical and mental health outcomes, like suicide. 

 

The Center for Mental Health & Aging is Here to Help. 

We’re making it easier for older adults and their families to get access to mental health care.

The Center for Mental Health & Aging is your “go-to” place online for the mental health care of older adults and caregivers. We’re making it easier for older adults and their families to get the mental health care they need by connecting...

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How Does Ageism & Age Discrimination Affect Older Adults' Health

In 2020, researchers identified that ageism cost the US $63 billion dollars in one year and resulted in 17.04 million cases of 8 of the most expensive health and mental health conditions, including heart disease, dementia, cancer, diabetes, mental health conditions, among others.

In this episode, you'll learn about ageism, how age discrimination affects the physical and mental health of older adults, and what you can do to combat ageism. 

  • [02:03] What is ageism and why is it so harmful. 
  • [06:53] Discover the difference between structural ageism and individual ageism. 
  • [08:51] How does ageism affect older adults' physical health? 
  • [10:48]How does ageism affect the mental health of older adults?
  • [13:22] Learn 3 strategies for combatting ageism.

 

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The Mental Health Crisis Facing Older Adults & Their Families

 

There's a mental health crisis facing older adults in their families. Adults 65 and older are the fastest growing age group in the United States. In fact, by 2034, there will be more adults 65 and older than children under the age of 18.

 

 About 1 in 4 older adults experiences a mental health condition, including depression, anxiety, dementia, substance use and more, yet 67% of them struggle to get adequate mental health care, resulting in worse medical and mental health outcomes, like suicide. Herein lies the crisis.

 

In this podcast episode, I discuss the mental health crisis older adults and their families are facing and I share a big announcement about what I aim to do about it.

 

Here's what you'll learn in this episode:

  • [03:33] What are the rates of mental health conditions among older adults?
  • [05:02] What happens when mental health conditions go untreated in older adults?
  • [07:16] What makes older adult mental health is a health care problem?
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Aging & Sexuality: Benefits & Barriers of Sex Among Seniors

ageism podcast sexuality Sep 29, 2020

 

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How well do you know your own assumptions, biases, and values when it comes to aging and sexuality? Have you taken much time to think about this?

 

Let's take some time right now. After all, if you're not currently an older adult, I'm sure you aspire to become one and desire a healthy and happy life. If you're anything like most older adults, sex and sexuality will be a part of your older adulthood.

 

Reflect on the following questions:

  • What comes to mind when I say:
    • Older adults and sex
    • Older adults with dementia and sex
  • Do your thoughts come with myths, taboos, personal beliefs, prejudices, negative attitudes?
  • Do your thoughts about sex differ between men and women? Heterosexual versus same sex couples?
  • Have you received any training on intimacy/sex with older adults? Intimacy/sex with older adults with dementia?
  • If you're a mental health provider working with older adults, do you inquire about your client's...
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Older Adults and Suicide: What You Can Do to Help

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In honor of Suicide Prevention Week, I'm devoting today's podcast episode to older adults and suicide. More specifically, what puts older adults at risk for suicide and how you can help.

 

You may be surprised to hear that older White men over 85 are at the greatest risk and have the highest rates of suicide - more than any other age group.

 

But, here’s the thing, older adults are too often left out of conversations when it comes to simple things like assessing for depression, assessing for suicide, and then connecting older adults to the appropriate mental health care. As a result, most older adults with mental health concerns are treated in primary care settings, rather than mental health settings.

 

Here's where you come in. In today's episode, I share facts about older adults and suicide, including what increases risk for suicide in older adults, and several strategies for helping older adults at risk...

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Combat Ageism and Become an Older Person in Training - with Ashton Applewhite

 

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Since COVID started, I have received several emails from people who care about older adults expressing concern for them. Like, a college professor who reached out to me to express concern that her father, who is a physician, made the decision to leave retirement to return to work in a medical clinic during COVID. She shared with me that she was appalled and went so far as to call his medical practice and complain.

 

There have been countless ageist expressions since the coronavirus started. And the problem with ageism, even well-meaning ageism, is that it has the effect of harming older adults rather than helping them. 

 

The APA Committee on Aging (APA CONA) defines ageism as “stereotyping and discrimination against individuals or groups based on their age.  It can include prejudicial attitudes, discriminatory practices, or institutional policies and practices that perpetuate stereotypical...

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Is Dementia a Normal Part of Aging?

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You’ve heard people say “she’s doing great! She’s old, but she’s all there!” or “he’s 90 and still so sharp!

 

These statements about older adults make the assumption that with aging comes serious cognitive problems, like dementia! But, these ideas are actually not supported by science and in fact, are a myth.

 

In today’s episode, I answer the question...

 

Is Dementia a Normal Part of Aging?

 
Here's a peak in side the episode:

  • [02:28] If dementia is not a normal part of aging, what exactly is dementia?
  • [05:00] Dementia is an umbrella term. Underneath the umbrella are a variety of dementia disorders, like Alzheimer's disease and many others.
  • [08:12] In the early stages, dementia can be hard to diagnose. Learn more about how dementia gets diagnosed here.
  • [09:37] Now that you know that dementia is not a normal part of aging. How...
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COVID-19 & Ageism: Two Harmful Agents Affecting Older Adults

ageism blog covid-19 Jun 26, 2020

Coronavirus: Isolate the Elderly was the sign on the freeway that I would see twice a day as I drove to and from work at a busy medical center in a Geropsychiatry Outpatient Clinic to provide teletherapy to older adults and their families during COVID. I cringed every time I drove past this sign.

 

Since COVID started, I have received several emails from people who care about older adults expressing concern for them. Like, a college professor who reached out to me to express concern that her father, who is a physician, made the decision to leave retirement to return to work in a medical clinic during COVID. She shared with me that she was appalled and went so far as to call his medical practice and complain.

 

There have been countless ageist expressions since the coronavirus started. And the problem with ageism, even well-meaning ageism, is that it has the effect of harming older adults rather than helping them. 

 

I’ll start with the sign on the freeway:...

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The Limiting Belief I Had To Overcome To Be A Dementia Care Expert (Ep #039)

 

When I first started working with dementia more than a decade ago, I didn't know much about dementia.

Prior to this point, I had a lot of experience working with older adults and their families. I loved working with older adults, but I had very little experience working with older adults with dementia and their families.

 

My first thoughts were, "What can I do with folks with dementia? What can I do with families? I don't know." I was at a loss for how to help.

 

Watch this week's episode to discover the most valuable lesson I needed to learn to become a dementia care expert!

 

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And so, I got busy learning everything I could about dementia. I went to conferences, I signed up for webinars, I interviewed experts, I read text books and journal articles. You name it! I devoured it. 

 

And you know what happened? Over time, I actually developed an expertise in caring for families with dementia disorders and now I educate...

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How To Challenge Stereotypes About Older Adults (Ep #035)

 

Today, I want to talk about how to challenge our stereotypes about older adults.

 

Ageism is Bias and discrimination based on age and it affects older adults more than any other age group. Check out my episode from last week, where I talk about ageism and how it affects older adults.

 

I want to start by saying that categorizing and stereotyping people and developing bias and prejudice are a normal aspects of the human experience- we all do it, no matter our age, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc - we all do it. It's a common human phenomenon. So, if you find yourself falling into the bias trap about others, it can help to remind yourself that you're human.

 

But even though its common,  it’s not healthy, and it’s actually very harmful. As humans we’re good at creating biases and stereotypes, but as humans we’re also really also good at learning, healing, and growing. 

 

So I am going to challenge us to make...

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