Brain Training, Healthy Eating Can Help Elderly Patients At Risk For Depression

<img src='; width='200px' alt='201212jrAudreyDepression1 Julia Rendleman/Post-Gazette shot on Monday, November 25, 2013 Mark Roth/Depression series Audrey Woods, 79, (at time of the photo – turned 80 since then) was a part of a depression pure garcinia cambogia prevention trial, says she is happy and active. Ms. Woods said being active and mingling with others helps with depression.’ style=’float:left;padding:5px’ />

By enlisting nearly 250 older people who were at risk of depression in each of two simple preventive strategies, his group was able to reduce their incidence of depression from an average of 20 to 25 percent, to just 8 or 9 percent, he said in a recent interview. The program put one group of participants into a kind of brain training course, and put the others in a healthy eating group. Each approach was equally effective, he said. The brain training used a technique called problem-solving therapy. People in that group were asked what their main goals in life were, and what was getting in the way of achieving them. With the help of trained staff, they then brainstormed solutions. “The process of breaking down problems into smaller pieces and specifying coping strategies gave people a sense of ‘I can do this.’ Their confidence was restored, and it was through that process we think we saw evidence of protection against the onset of depression.” The other group, which Ms.
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Side-step healthy-eating obstacles during the holidays

Nontraditional approach keeps family-owned  gym business fit

The challenge:—crucial-data-released-231403591.html A decadent buffet spread at your friend’s annual holiday party. Stay-healthy strategy: Don’t graze. With all the cookies, nuts, crackers and cheese, veggies and dip surrounding you, mindless picking can easily add up to a meal’s worth or more of calories and send you way over your carb budget. Instead, plan to eat one of your three daily meals at the party.
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When eating healthy turns obsessive

I have to have vegetables in every meal or I feel sick,” she says. “I eat whole grains like barley, whole-grain kasha. Not rice, because it really hurts my stomach and for political reasons, because it is shipped from too far away. I eat seasonal fruits, fish, and eggs.” For Alena — who has never been to a therapist or nutritionist to discuss her behavior — anorexia and orthorexia go hand in hand. She has experienced bouts of body dysmorphia and sometimes exercises excessively to make up for minor eating binges, such as overindulging on dessert.
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