The elderly population makes up 12 percent of the overall population of the U.S. and 18 percent of all suicide deaths. With the baby boomer generation aging well into the 50-plus age range, we are looking at a major public health issue. According to the Montana Department of Health and Human Services, the highest rate of suicide occurs among middle-aged adults.
For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age. We can help the brain and body connection to improve our health to keep our brains healthy as we age.
Each year, many Americans, motivated to improve their physical and mental wellbeing, make the popular New Year’s Resolution to exercise more frequently. This commitment has an additional, lesser-known perk; Exercise benefits hearing health.
Minimalism is a style of extreme spareness and simplicity. Despite varying degrees along the minimalist spectrum, the bottom line remains: “Less is more” is better for your physical and mental health. By CARRIE STENSRUD
Digital apps have long existed to help people lose weight or track exercise, and now, developers are providing new high-tech ways for those living with chronic pain to track key measures of their conditions—providing a solution to one of the biggest challenges patients face.
A startling number of elders face abusive conditions. Every year an estimated five million older Americans are victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Unfortunately, for every individual case reported, about 24 cases are left unreported. These rates are rising, and Montana is no exception.
by DR. HOLLY CARLING
We’ve all heard the words “gut-wrenching pain,” but until you have colitis, irritable bowel, diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease, or any other inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), you really don’t have a clue how accurate those words are.
by JOHN BIGART, Brain Injury Alliance of Montana
It has been said that brain injury doesn’t have a face until it happens to you or someone that you love. Unfortunately, we, at the Brain Injury Alliance of Montana (BIAMT), have seen the truth in that statement every day for the last 30 years.