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Preventing Financial Elder Abuse & Exploitation with Dr. Peter Lichtenberg
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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.
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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Researchers have been investigating brain health recommendations that help to reduce our risk for cognitive decline in older adulthood. Many of the tips that I'm going to share today are really about how to live your healthiest life and achieve optimal physical health, brain health, and mental health in older adulthood.
You may already be doing many of these tips. As you listen to this episode, take notes and make a list. Put a check mark by items that you are currently doing and a star next to the items that you need to be doing more of to achieve optimal health. At the end of the episode, give yourself some praise for what you're already doing, then choose one of the starred items to focus on to optimize your brain health and mental health.
Let's dive in to the 12 evidence-based brain health recommendations to reduce your risk for cognitive decline and dementia and promote mental well being:
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According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average American spends only 7% of their entire life outdoors. Spending instead, 93% of their life indoors, including 87% of their life is inside buildings or homes, then another 6% of life in automobiles.
This statistic is staggering, especially when considering that spending time outdoors and in nature is good for our brain. Research has identified the benefits of walking in nature on memory (Berman, Jonides, & Kaplan, 2008), attention and focus (Hartig, Mang, & Evans, 1991), and problem-solving skills and creative abilities (Atchley, Strayer, & Atchley, 2012).
Similar studies have found that being in nature is good for our mental health in that it reduces stress (Gidlow, Randall, Gillman, Smith, & Jones, 2016) and uplifts our mood and promotes motivation (Berman et al., 2012)
Our guest today, Dr. Paula...