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Substance Abuse, Unsafe Sex Putting Older Adults at Risk

Writing for Psychology Today, Mark Gold, MD, cites drug abuse, alcohol abuse, cannabis use, and unsafe sexual activity among a number of factors affecting older adults’ mental and physical health. These are in addition to the well documented risk factors of social isolation, chronic pain, and depression, all of which can interact simultaneously and be triggers for the aforementioned dangerous behaviors.

Tai Chi Can Help Colorado Older Adults in Many Important Ways

Imagine if there were a low-cost or even no-cost way to improve your heart health, joint stability, bone density, and even your mental sharpness and mood with simple non-strenuous exercises lasting about an hour or less. According to the Harvard Medical School, there is such a thing. It’s called tai chi, and it is described as being safe, accessible and enjoyable for older adults.

When Medicare Covers In-Home Care for Coloradans Aging in Place

For Coloradans who are aging in place, they may at times have need for medical services provided in the home. Since it is commonly understood that “home health care” is not something Medicare covers generally, that leaves a question of whether or not Medicare will ever pay for in-home services. The answer is Yes — but with qualifiers, as you might expect. In this article we will cover the key things to know, including who can qualify for paid services and under what conditions.

“Epidemic of Loneliness” Drawing A Lot of Attention

More and more people — experts in their fields as well as watchful observers in general — are zeroing in on the existence and extent of what’s been called an “epidemic of loneliness.” An epidemic that, like certain other maladies, poses risk for a generalized deterioration in one’s health.

Should Coloradans Rely on Apps and Chatbots for Mental Health “Therapy”?

In the area of mental health services for Coloradans, at least three forces are altering the landscape at once. One is the mandate that insurers must offer parity between mental and physical health coverage. Another is the severe ongoing shortage of mental health professionals to meet growing patient demand—including the increasing numbers of older Coloradans who are dealing with mental health challenges. And a third force is the emergence of various technology “substitutes” for patients to consult in lieu of seeing professional therapists in person.

Mental Health Resources for Colorado Older Adults

…Despite the fact that research indicates up to 15% of people age 65 and older who live outside of nursing facilities have a diagnosable anxiety condition. An editorial in the journal JAMA Psychiatry stated only about one-third of seniors with anxiety disorders receive treatment. Which is concerning since such disorders can have links to stroke, adverse heart conditions, and neurodegenerative problems such as dementia. Other anxiety disorders in seniors can include phobias, panic disorder, social anxiety, hoarding, fear of falling, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

PACT Act Gives Colorado Military Veterans Benefits for Conditions Related to Toxic Exposures

Rachel Sauer, writing for the University of Colorado Cancer Center at the UC School of Medicine / Anschutz Medical Campus, reports that the PACT Act which went into effect at the beginning of 2023 enables many U.S. veterans to access benefits for an expanded list of health conditions presumed to be caused by exposure to toxic substances. This is particularly true for several head and neck cancers.

About Marijuana, Medicare and Colorado’s Seniors

The Harvard Medical School says statistics show that use of cannabis among adults age 65 and older has increased eightfold in recent years, and up to 80% of these seniors are using MM to manage pain.

A Look at Substance Abuse in Older Coloradans

The letter to the medical advice column in the newspaper was from a granddaughter of a 73-year-old widow. “Sarah” was worried that Grandma “Jewels” had gotten hooked on pain relievers following surgery to repair a broken leg. She was also concerned about where Jewels was now obtaining her drugs and wanted to know what she could do.

Colorado Psychologist Explains Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a form of talk therapy that can be an alternative to taking sleeping pills, antianxiety medications or antidepressants. It can also be used to complement medications when they are prescribed. Dr. Ava Schumacher is a Denver-based clinical health psychologist who works with people who are struggling with a variety of difficulties, including medical challenges,

Innovations in Aging

Learn How Collaboration Between Leading University Researchers and Private Enterprise Are Helping Older Adults and Caregivers Living in Private Residential Settings.

Online Pharmacies: Are They Safe?

Is it safe for an individual private consumer to order this pricey drug from this source, even with a doctor’s bona fide prescription? The best answer is “it depends.”

A different “oscopy”: A layman’s exam of life in later years

Aging often brings on a need for any number of oscopies to assess particular medical issues. These typically require sophisticated equipment, procedures, and selected health care specialists. A different oscopy can be just as important in later years, one that lay people can conduct with no technical equipment or procedures.

Common Food Safety Mistakes

Older adults have vast experience cooking, eating, and handling food and tend to do a better job when it comes to food safety compared to any other age group.  That’s the good news.  The not-so-good news is that older adults are also more susceptible to food poisoning than any other

Mental Health in Colorado— A Special Focus on Men

The Hartford insurance company recently took a targeted look at what’s been called the stigma surrounding men’s mental health. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 6 million men experience depression every year. One problem, The Hartford said, is that people generally assume women experience more mental health challenges

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