HERBS FOR HEALTH MANAGEMENT

Herbs are a foundational root in medicine and health treatments, dating back thousands of years throughout every culture around the world. Modern Western herbalism comes from ancient Egypt. The Greeks developed a comprehensive philosophy of herbal medicine by 100 BCE and the Romans built upon it to create a variety of medical practices, some of which are still used today.

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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IMPACTS PSYCHOLOGICAL HARDINESS

Psychological hardiness is an individual’s resistance to stress, anxiety and depression. It includes the ability to withstand grief and accept the loss of loved ones. Alternative medicine is a more popular term for health and wellness therapies that have typically not been part of conventional Western medical approaches but are often used along with conventional medicinal protocols.  Coping and dealing with stress in a positive manner play a major role in maintaining the balance needed for health and well-being.

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ALTERNATIVE REMEDIES FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION

Interest in complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing as consumers and health care professionals search for additional ways to treat anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders. Some of these remedies include:

St. John’s Wort.  More than 30 studies show it to be effective for treatment of mild forms of depression,…

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Dad, what typically happens is they both decline faster than they otherwise would. There is about a 67-percent higher mortality rate for spouses taking care of sick spouses. Being a caregiver will literally kill Mom or Dad.


If during the holiday season you have noticed a decline in the health of either parent, you should reach out to our firm as soon as possible. We take a wholistic approach to caring for our clients. We are concerned, primarily, with making sure they live the best life they can with the time they have left. This might mean helping them “age in place” or it might mean helping them find an assisted living facility where they could thrive. Every situation is different, and you will likely find the cost of getting help will be far less than the cost of doing it without help. This is one area of life where DIY is not recommended.   

Whenever seniors are asked about their primary concerns as they age, the most common answer relates to financial concerns. Once you’ve lived long enough that you can’t die young, you start to worry about living too long – specifically about outliving your resources. An answer that is almost as common, and closely related, is the concern about being a burden to children and/or grandchildren.


One of the scariest parts of aging is the idea you might lose your independence. Aside from the humiliation that comes from having to rely on loved ones for basic daily activities such as bathing and using the bathroom, no one wants to feel like a burden. This common concern of seniors translates to seniors being less than honest with their children about how well they are doing.


When talking with my clients or their children, I like to use the analogy of the teenager being asked whether they have ever drank or smoked. The answer is almost always: “Of course not, I wouldn’t do that.” However, as everyone who has ever been a teenager can attest, we were not always honest with our parents. Likewise, our parents are not always honest with us when it comes to their wellbeing.


As a Life Care Planning Law Firm, our Elder Care Coordinator (ECC) makes many visits to the homes of our clients. What they find during those visits is often drastically different from what our clients’

IF THEY SAY THEY'RE OKAY, CHECK ON THEM ANYWAY!

children describe. Often our ECC finds Mom or Dad hasn’t bathed in a couple weeks or the house hasn’t been cleaned in quite a while. They sometimes even find Mom and Dad are suffering from malnutrition because they are unable to prepare healthy meals or even make it to the grocery store.


From the elder’s perspective, it’s easy to understand why they don’t tell the whole truth when asked about how they are doing. Most elders are afraid of having what little independence they have taken away from them. They also don’t want to worry their children and become a burden to them. Or they are in denial themselves about their actual condition.


My advice is to trust but verify. If Mom or Dad says they are doing great and don’t need a thing, go make sure. Drop by unannounced and see how they are really doing. Check for expired food in the fridge. Ask mom to prepare your favorite childhood meal to see if she can still cook. You might be surprised to find they aren’t doing as well as they led you to believe.


Another common problem occurs when Mom and Dad are taking care of each other. That can be a lot like the “blind leading the blind.” If Mom is taking care of