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The Links Between Aging and Depression

During the senior years, some changes – from wrinkles to gray hair – are completely normal. But depression isn’t one of them. In fact, by some measures fewer seniors are struggling with depression than younger adults. According to a 2010 analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people ages 65 and older were …

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Elderly Addicts Suffering in Silence

There are many assumptions we make about addiction and the sorts of people who suffer from it, and in many cases we’re wrong. We may think that young people and adults suffer the most from addiction, but healthcare professionals are growing increasingly concerned about addiction among the elderly. The problem is that our assumptions lead …

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Binge Drinking ‘Cause for Alarm’ Among Seniors

Binge drinking is largely associated with high school and college-aged people—teenagers and young adults who are just beginning to experiment with alcohol and don’t yet know any better. It is much less associated with older adults, and certainly not with seniors. Seniors, we tend to think, have a wealth of wisdom and experience that discourages …

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Binge Drinking Harmful to Older Adults, May Be Hidden by Weekly Average

Binge drinking, also known as episodic heavy drinking, is a form of alcohol intake characterized by consuming enough alcohol to rapidly reach a legally intoxicated state. While the practice is commonly associated with young adults, it also occurs with some regularity among older adults. In a study scheduled for publication in May 2014 in the …

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Depression, Bipolar Disorder May Increase Risk for Dementia Later in Life

Some people accept depression as a part of aging. They believe it is not uncommon that as people age, their brain functioning slows and depression may settle in. Caregivers may not be concerned because they believe it is inevitable and normal. But Dr. Deborah Barnes of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and University …

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Substance Abuse, a Problem For The Elderly, Too

A new report issued by Dr. Dennis Dombrowski in his presentation at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry shows that substance abuse is no respecter of persons. In an examination of elderly patients who entered a short-term geriatric treatment facility for psychiatric issues, more than ten percent had a drug or alcohol problem.

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