Author: Sally Phillips

Spending Time in Your Garden Can Boost Your Mental Health

Spending Time in Your Garden Can Boost Your Mental Health While we may be well aware that gardening is of great benefit to our physical health, spending time in your garden can greatly improve your mental health and general wellbeing as well. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, approximately 1 in 5 adults in the USA (equating to 43.8 million), experiences mental illness annually. The Alliance further states that 4% of American adults experience mental illness to such an extent that it interferes with or limits one or more major life activity. Mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, and...

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Substance Abuse in the Elderly: Signs and Consequences

There are currently more than 2.5 million senior adults in the USA battling substance addiction with between 6 and 11% of elderly hospital admissions being due to these problems. There are countless reasons for turning to substance abuse later in life such as life-changing events or health-related issues that can take an emotional toll on a person. Potential triggers include retirement, the death of a spouse, relocation, insomnia or family conflict.  Any of these events can provoke abusive behavior that may result in full-scale addiction. Substance abuse amongst the elderly is especially dangerous because seniors are much more vulnerable to the...

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