If you became unable to speak, who would make your medical decisions? That’s the question being raised throughout the country on April 16th. That date marks the 10th Annual National Healthcare Decisions Day, a nationwide event promoting the importance of healthcare choices and advance care planning. This day is a reminder for us all to take steps to ensure that our wishes are followed in times of crisis.
Dear Dr. Eva,
I have always had problems staying awake in movies and boring classes. Over the past few years this has gotten worse to the point that I am falling asleep at work, especially in meetings. What can I do about this problem? I don’t like coffee or tea.
Have you had discussions or arguments with others when one person or both are said to be “not listening”? When you hear that said to you, what do you think? Do you take it seriously and take it to heart? We all have blind spots. With some, those take up a huge area of their self-concept and thereby impede understanding why one does or says things unintentionally. Put another way, it ends up with a person not expressing what they feel or believe, again unconsciously.
Alzheimer’s disease can be devastating not just to LGBT individuals living with the diagnosis, but to their caregivers and loved ones who face an uncertain future. In an effort to provide resources, counseling and comfort to those affected by Alzheimer’s, the LGBT Health Resource Center of Chase Brexton Health Care will begin a new Alzheimer’s Support Group. The group will meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month beginning April 26th, at Chase Brexton’s Mount Vernon Center (1111 North Charles Street, Baltimore).
Dear Dr. Eva,
I am very concerned about my sister. We are both adults in our 20s. She has had depression on and off for many years, but this time it seems worse. She will sit and cry for hours and sometimes refuses to speak. She doesn’t want to leave the house at all, and I haven’t been able to get her to agree to see a mental health professional – she says she’s tried that before and it didn’t help. I’m not saying very much to her either, because I’m afraid of saying something that could make it worse. Can you suggest what to say and what not to say, and any other ideas how I can help her?
What happens when a person in a relationship has to be a caretaker, or experiences a loss so that their focus shifts away from the partner? Under the best of circumstances, much mental, and oftentimes physical, energy would be directed elsewhere. Sometimes it also means financial resources are taken away from the home front. How does one deal with the sense of not being as directly emotionally or physically involved?
So many of us have tried to change our eating habits with very little long-term success. Often the results from “diets” are not permanent. It’s frustrating and defeating, and often causes people to think that this whole eating-healthy thing isn’t worth it because it doesn’t work. Don’t get me wrong, there are some great diets out there that will give you immediate results, but the problem is maintaining those results. We all know someone who has lost 40 pounds, only to gain 80 back. And the reasons are usually the same – the diet doesn’t ease you into huge changes nor does it teach you how to eat healthy to maintain your results.
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