Chemical vs. Physical Sunscreens: Weighing the Pros and Cons for Optimal Sun Protection

Sunscreens are vital for protecting the skin from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation, which can lead to sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. They come in two main types: chemical (organic) and physical (inorganic) sunscreens. Understanding the differences, as well as the pros and cons of each, can help individuals choose the best […]

Neuroaesthetics: The Intersection of Art and Brain Science

In the late 1990s, Semir Zeki, a neuroscientist in London coined the term “Neuroaesthetics” to define his research regarding the intersection of art and brain science. Neuroaesthetics is a rapidly growing body of science and art that offers a new perspective on well being, managing anxiety, stress and many other conditions.  I had not heard […]

Pet Companionship: Improving Health Outcomes

The year of 2021 post COVID was a rough one for my family. Navigating the return to the classroom was difficult for my kids. My rambunctious teenage son struggled to sit at his desk and my tender-hearted daughter had been socially isolated from the 1st grade friend circle. We were all trying to navigate social […]

Cool Facts About Moms For Mother’s Day

A brief history of Mother’s Day  Mother’s Day was first celebrated in 1907 by Anna Jarvis at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She wanted to honor her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, a peace activist who cared for wounded soldiers and created the day originally as a way for mother’s to protest war. […]

Home Updates & Handyman Services That Can Save Your Life (And Your Wallet)

It’s Christmas time in Mississippi and my 75 year old aunt is decorating the house for Christmas dinner. Well, Aunt Sis might only weigh 90 lbs soaking wet, she is independent, healthy, and impatient. She decided to get a folding chair to stand on to finish hanging those lights. She had done it before and […]

Dehydration Prevention For Older Adults Living in Dry Climates

quote: we never know the worth of water till the well is dry

Click the link to download a .pdf copy of ElderHealth’s Dehydration Prevention presentation by Melissa Koon, ARNP. Below is the information from the presentation in blog format. Our bodies are made up of approximately 65% of water. The brain is around 85% water. A Loss of just 1-2% of total body water can impair brain […]

Ketamine: Is it a Cure? Behaviors in Dementia

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No, unfortunately ketamine is not the cure for behavioral issues in dementia. There is no cure. However, while ketamine is not able to completely eliminate dementia behaviors it doesn’t mean that they can’t be managed with ketamine assisted psychotherapy. As with most things in life, managing behaviors is fluid and you will need a lot […]

How Sensory-Rich Experiences Can Help Caregivers Communicate Better With Dementia Patients

“Given the significant advancements in the field of neuroscience, it is now widely recognized that the different sensory-rich experiences human beings encounter every day help to ‘nourish’ the nervous system.” AJ Ayres, 2005 As anyone who has ever been around someone with a cognitive impairment can surely attest, communication can be a challenge. Another challenge […]