We have a new initiative on our Jenerations Health Youtube page! If you’ve read Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, you know it utilizes boating and nautical imagery to help you reduce your caregiver stress. Our new videos offer you brief views of beautiful water and the sounds of the sea. These short clips allow you to take a quick respite from caregiving at either work or home.
Check out our first two Cruising Through Caregiving Meditations here:
Jennifer L. FitzPatrick – MSW, LCSW-C, CSP
The founder of Jenerations Health Education, Inc., Jennifer FitzPatrick has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and gerontology. The author of Cruising Through Caregiving: Reducing The Stress of Caring For Your Loved One, she is also a gerontology instructor at Johns Hopkins University and an Education Consultant to the Alzheimer’s Association. She helps you reduce stress and increase productivity, morale and revenue. Jennifer and Cruising Through Caregiving have been featured in Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, The Huffington Post, Reader’s Digest, Univision and The Chicago Tribune. She has also appeared on ABC and Sirius XM.
We are finally starting to see a major paradigm shift in the way mental health treatment is viewed.
While older generations are often resistant to mental health treatment, younger generations are much more open-minded. In fact, a 2015 study by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) says that 60% of persons age 18-25 see getting help for a mental health concern as brave. Unfortunately because the oldest generations, particularly those older than Baby Boomer, grew up with tremendous stigma about seeking mental health treatment, their perspective is much different. Many persons in the older generations see mental health conditions as all in one’s head and certainly not requiring psychotherapy, medication or other holistic approaches.
For years, pharmaceutical commercials on television have incited passion within the healthcare community. Many healthcare professionals dislike that pharmaceutical commercials are able to market directly to the end user/prospective patient. Their concern is that doctors, not pharmaceutical commercials, should be the ones to broach the possibility of medication. Other healthcare providers worry about the voiceover on pharmaceutical commercials. Could listing aloud the seemingly endless potential side effects scare patients from taking essential, life-saving medications? While these concerns are certainly valid, is some good coming out of pharmaceutical commercials, particularly for the older patients?
Everyone experience times when life hands us lemons: when a difficult situation grows out of proportion and an event makes life seem hopeless. The renowned writer and business guru, Dale Carnegie gave us his famous recipe for hope: “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.
Gerontology–the study of aging—is becoming an increasingly popular college major due to the aging population explosion. On the first day of the semester, a gerontology professor recently asked the class, “what age do you consider ‘old?’” The most common response, 30, came from the 18-21 year old students. 30! After some good-natured groans by the non-traditional age “returning” students, the professor discussed that around 30 is when some aging processes in our bodies start, but by no means does 30 count as ‘old’. Unfortunately their answer is not surprising: American society idealizes youth and dreads aging.