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Older Adults

A New Normal

I’ve always been a strong, independent, charismatic woman. But I began to feel surrounded by darkness the day I was traveling back home to Oklahoma from a trip to Oregon. I’d never had a panic attack before, and it scared me. There I was, screaming and crying in the middle of the airport, all other…

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Harvey County Caregiver Support Group meets August 9

NEWTON, Kan. (July 24, 2018) – “Dealing with difficult behaviors” is the topic for the next meeting of Prairie View’s Harvey County Caregiver Support Group. Debra Voth, a licensed specialist clinical social worker, facilitates the caregiver group. The group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, in Prairie View’s Osage Room, 1901 E.…

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Harvey County Caregiver Support Group meets July 12

NEWTON, Kan. (July 2, 2018) – “Finding hope” is the topic for the next meeting of Prairie View’s Harvey County Caregiver Support Group. Debra Voth, a licensed specialist clinical social worker, facilitates the caregiver group. The group meets from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 12, in Prairie View’s Osage Room, 1901 E. First St.,…

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Aging: Evidence of Mercy

I’ve been thinking about getting older. It’s a decade-marker for me, and my mother is now marching into her 90s. The American culture creates a picture of vibrant youth with joyous beach parties, smooth skin and beautiful clothes. Generally, pictures of older adults are featured in medication ads on TV who need everything from cancer…

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Aging Gracefully: Keys to Healthy Living for Older Adults

In the spring/summer 2017 issue of A New View, Joan Brubacher, LSCSW, gave ten tips for healthy living for older adults. Here, she expands on how focusing on your social, emotional, physical and spiritual health can help you age gracefully. Social Help others. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it this way: “It is one of the…

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Strategies to Keep Older Adults in the Driver’s Seat

Watching our loved ones grow older has its share of difficulties. Daily tasks become more stressful, and as mobility and responsiveness decline, their worlds begin to grow smaller. Inevitably, we face a conversation about whether or not it is feasible or safe for the older adults in our lives to continue driving. While there may…

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Delaying the Long Goodbye: Strategies for Addressing Lewy Body Dementia

You may know two of the names of the most common causes for dementia in older adults: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. But recent attention has turned to a disease that affects 1.4 million Americans: Lewy body dementia, or LBD, which shares many symptoms in common with more familiar cognitive diseases but has different causes and requires…

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Older adults and depression: Part 2

by Amy Ibbetson, a licensed master level psychologist at Prairie View, Inc. An older adult may have the impression that feeling depressed is common as one grows older and therefore may not want to burden others with his/her problems. There may be the fear of being hospitalized in a psychiatric institution or being labeled as…

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Older adults and depression: Part 1

by Amy Ibbetson, a licensed master level psychologist at Prairie View, Inc. How often people wish for retirement when they can travel, determine their own schedules, and spend time with loved ones. Often their plans include activities that were pushed aside while careers and family-raising took precedence. But, as people age, it may not be…

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