May 2013

May is Aging Adults and Seniors Month for Winnemucca Publishings monthly special section "A Better LIfe".

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    Fighting depression in older Americans

    By Jessica Szabo

    WINNEMUCCA — Depression is a serious illness that can strike anyone of any age, but often goes untreated in older Americans. Dr. Mark Kailing is a Utah based Psychologist with an office in Winnemucca. He noted that many Americans of the "greatest generation," the generation that fought World War II were raised believing it was not socially accceptable to acknowledge and discuss emotional well-being. "For the older generation, psychotherapy was not as popular," he explained. "The elderly are less inclined to seek therapy, so depression is underreported." Kailing added that this approach has also trickled down to the "baby boom" generation. "This is not necessarily a bad thing," Kailing said. "It just reflects a different cultural attitude. People aged seventy and up were taught to tough out their feelings. Talking about them was considered complaining. I respect that."

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    • Local Senior Center a Source for a Variety of Services

      • By Jessica Szabo

        WINNEMUCCA — Winnemucca's Pleasant Senior Center is known as a social gathering place for members, but it also serves as a resource for several other services. Everyone is welcome at the center, but services are geared toward those aged 60 and above. Program Director Patricia Tindall noted that people in their sixties and seventies, and many people in their eighties and above are still very young in terms of their health, interests, and personalities. She explained that the age limit is merely a number set by the Department of Aging and Disability Services. "Age is just a number. It depends on your focus and point of view," Tindall said, adding that many enjoy the opportunity to socialize with people of the same generation in order to share memories and common experiences.

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    • ‘Elders Count Nevada’ report identifies positive trends, fast facts about seniors

      Third installment of reports provides insight into overall health and well-being of Nevada’s older adults

      • Special to Winnemucca Publishing

        RENO — The Sanford Center for Aging, a unit of the Division of Health Sciences at the University of Nevada, Reno, and their partners, the Nevada State Health Division and the Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division announce the arrival of Elders Count Nevada (2013). Elders Count Nevada (2013) is the third installment in a series of reports published in 2007 and 2009 that provide insight into the overall health and well-being of Nevada’s elders. The 2013 report utilizes data from authoritative sources and has been expanded considerably to include information by geographic region of residency (i.e., urban and rural/frontier regions); the state’s older veteran population; impact and prevalence of substance use, misuse and abuse; and a new chapter on transportation and infrastructure as it relates to access, safety and ridership.

         

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