Vascular dementia: spotting the signs, addressing the causes

Vascular dementia is caused by a series of small strokes that damage the brain

Vascular dementia: spotting the signs, addressing the causesDementia is one of the more frightening conditions to affect us as we get older. We expect our bodies to become weaker as we age, but we hope that our minds remain sharp and we are able to interact with the world around us. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia to affect…

Canada’s most vulnerable children deserve far better

First Nations children are denied the same funding for health care, social services and education as non-Indigenous kids

Canada’s most vulnerable children deserve far betterBy Jane Cordy and Raymonde Gagné National Child Day, which commemorates the adoption of the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child, has come and gone for another year, but Canada cannot celebrate much progress. Yes, the federal government has established a Poverty Reduction Strategy; there is a Youth Council to advise the prime…

Tips to becoming a successful step-parent

Step-parenting is a sensitive role, often fraught with difficulties, but the myth of wicked step-parents is not valid and can be overcome

Tips to becoming a successful step-parentBlended families involving second marriages and step-parenting are common in Canada. Step-parenting is a sensitive role, often fraught with difficulties. From the time we are small children reading nursery stories, step-parents are portrayed in a negative light. In particular, storybook step-mothers are often wicked and unfair, and this myth sometimes sticks with us as we…

Healthy body, healthy mind: a double payoff for exercise

The mental health benefits of exercise are well documented, and even moderate sadness and feelings of anxiety can be improved

Healthy body, healthy mind: a double payoff for exerciseNot only is exercise good for our bodies, it’s also good for our minds. Most people with a regular exercise routine will tell you that it makes you feel good physically and is a helpful way of reducing stress, improving confidence and self-esteem, and increasing energy. It adds to a general sense of well-being. Although most fitness…

Do you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?

PTSD is a psychiatric condition that can develop after experiencing traumatic events

Do you suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?Traumatic Stress Disorder, once called shell shock, is a psychiatric condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing life-threatening or traumatic events. Military action is the most commonly discussed experience that can lead to this disorder, but it can occur after natural disasters, terrorist incidents, accidents or violent assaults. This disorder has likely been around…

The year of living to the fullest

By giving the year ahead a motivating label, and keeping that label front and centre, you can achieve great things

The year of living to the fullestA couple years ago, I was invited to speak at a conference where the hosts encouraged the attendees to “name their year.” The purpose was to come up with a name that would inspire and motivate the attendees for the next 52 weeks. When they were finished, people were asked to go to the stage…

Anxiety disorder can weigh down your life

But there are strategies — and medications — that will help you control this all-too-common condition

Anxiety disorder can weigh down your lifeDo you worry constantly about your family, money, health or work? Does this uneasiness affect your sleep or your ability to function? These are a few of the common hallmarks of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). We all worry to a certain degree about the well-being of our families, our financial situation or jobs, but it isn’t an anxiety…

Dependent personality disorder difficult to treat

Behaviour therapy is generally the most effective treatment for this type of personality disorder

Dependent personality disorder difficult to treatDependency and co-dependency are psychological catch phrases that seem to come up a lot these days. It is common to hear these terms in every day conversations about relationships. But what is the actual psychiatric definition of a person who is dependent to the point of disorder? When does dependency change from being within the…

Alzheimer’s research leading to practical solutions for sufferers

Research will hopefully lead to more successful treatments and possibly a cure for this devastating illness

Alzheimer’s research leading to practical solutions for sufferersIn my previous column, I dealt in general with Alzheimer’s disease and the growing problem it is becoming for our aging population. Today I want to discuss in a little more detail exactly what we know about what happens inside the brain as the disease progresses. Research in this field is rapidly advancing and will…

Hamper program starts for Kindersley and area

Christmas charity accepting applications and donations

Hamper program starts for Kindersley and areaKenneth Brown of The Clarion A Christmas Hamper program within the greater Kindersley area is now accepting applications and donations to get prepared for the upcoming Christmas season. There have been changes made to the Christmas Hamper program for Kindersley and area. The Canadian Mental Health Association used to co-ordinate a regional hamper program in…

Alzheimer’s leading cause of dementia in an aging population

While there is no way to stop the disease, it is possible to improve quality of life

Alzheimer’s leading cause of dementia in an aging populationAlzheimer’s is an ailment of the brain that touches almost everyone. Most of us know a friend or family member who suffers from this common and devastating disease. Once considered rare, Alzheimer’s is now known to be the leading cause of dementia in the aging population and is one of several disorders that cause loss…

Reaching out, leaning in to improve mental health

Connie Jakab of Movement with a Message talks about addressing mental wellness concerns at home and in the workplace

Reaching out, leaning in to improve mental healthConnie Jakab is a mental health speaker and owner of Movement with a Message. Tell me what Movement with a Message is all about? Jakab: Movement With A Message is about building community, courage and compassion in our society. We do this through school workshops, mental health presentations with our National Hope Talks division (nationalhopetalks.com),…

Pets really are good for your health

The health benefits of companion pets are found in many settings and for people of all ages and situations

Pets really are good for your healthAnyone who has a pet will tell you that their furry, feathered or scaly friend provides companionship, entertainment, unconditional love and adds a layer of richness to their life. Some might even tell you that they suspect increased mental well being as a result of their animal companion. Not surprisingly, research to date proves that…

Taking the mystery out of sexual dysfunction

Experiencing an intimacy problem should not be a reason for shame and there are several strategies that can help

Taking the mystery out of sexual dysfunctionSexual dysfunction is a topic that makes most people a little antsy. Are you glancing around now to see if anyone notices you reading this? It’s a taboo subject – no one wants to admit they have problems in the bedroom. But sexual dysfunction is more common than often thought. And it can have psychiatric causes and implications,…

The sad, slow descent into CTE hell

The terrible degenerative disease is claiming more and more victims who played football at all levels

The sad, slow descent into CTE hellAs a sports policy analyst, I’ve learned a lot more about chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in athletes than I ever expected to. Actually, at this point, I’ve learned more than I really want to know. CTE is a terrible degenerative disease, and it takes an immense toll on those who are stricken, as well as…
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