Mental Health Blog

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Melanie Donohue, LCSW

Founder & Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Effective Stress Management Activities for Seniors

Stress management skills are necessary at any age, but coping with stress is especially important for senior health. Chronic stress can lead to serious health issues in older adults, so keeping your stress levels in check should be one of your priorities. Stress is a

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Combating Loneliness in Seniors

Loneliness is one of the most common problems affecting older adults, and it has serious consequences. According to a 2018 poll from the University of Michigan, one-third of adults age 50 to 80 feel a lack of companionship, and 27 percent feel isolated. Around 28

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Fun Indoor Activities for Seniors

While routine and consistency can be very helpful for older adults, doing the same few activities over and over can get boring. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut when your senior loved one spends most of their time at home, so you should

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Understanding and Minimizing Symptoms of Sundown Syndrome

Sundowning, also known as sundown syndrome or sundowners syndrome, is a common challenge for seniors with dementia. Support from caregivers is essential for managing this syndrome and reducing symptoms. If you have a loved one with Alzheimers disease or dementia, you should understand what sundowning

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Does Medicare Cover Counseling Services?

More than ever, counseling is a popular and effective service for people of all ages. Seniors with Medicare often receive counseling to treat mental health disorders, cope with life changes, deal with grief and loss, and maintain their cognitive health. For many people, the biggest

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5 Tips for Talking to a Parent With Dementia

If you have a parent with dementia, you may have noticed a change in their communication skills. Dementia affects receptive and expressive language, so carrying on a conversation may not be as easy as it used to be. Your parent’s level of communication can change

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