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Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Founder & Licensed Clinical Social Worker

7 Tips for Coping With Caregiver Anger

Caring for an aging loved one can bring up a wide range of emotions. You may feel sad to see their health decline but honored to have the opportunity to spend so much time with them. Caregiving can be a great source of fulfillment and

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8 Relaxation Tips for Seniors

Your retirement years are the perfect opportunity to relax, spend quality time with loved ones, and dive into meaningful hobbies. However, aging can also be a stressful experience. We face a number of challenges as we get older, including declining physical health, a loss of

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Can Mental Stress Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis?

Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful condition that requires effort every single day to manage. One of the biggest contributors to rheumatoid arthritis is stress, so keeping stress levels under control is key for anyone who struggles with this autoimmune condition.   Older adults with rheumatoid

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6 Tips to Help Prevent a Gray Divorce

When we think of divorce, we often picture middle-aged couples with younger children. Gray divorce is more common than you might expect, though. The life transitions that happen with age can take a toll on your marriage, so gray divorce can be a risk for

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The Effects of Aging on Identity

Your identity constantly changes throughout your life but you might go through the most significant changes in your sense of self as you reach retirement age. As you get older, your role in your family and community can shift dramatically, which can lead to notable

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How Do You Calm Anxiety Induced IBS in Seniors

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that causes stomach pain, digestive distress, and other uncomfortable symptoms. In many cases, stress is the main cause of IBS flare-ups, and some people may see an increase in stress-related symptoms as they age. You should understand

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Understanding Hoarding Disorder in Older Adults

Some older adults love collecting keepsakes and have a hard time letting go of old items. A small amount of clutter or an excess of belongings isn’t necessarily something to worry about. When you’ve lived a long and full life, it’s natural to want to

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