The Pandemic: A Look at a Teenager's Experience and How He's Coping

My name is Kaiden, and I am 16 years old. These are my top 3 things to combat the blues these days. It has been pretty stressful being in quarantine at times. I am missing my friends and soccer. My family has done a great job at creating things to do. I really do enjoy being with them, but when I start to feel a little out of control, there are a couple of things that I go to.

One is soccer; I have nets and a field in my backyard, so being outside in the sun running off my energy or troubles is huge for me. I have SID and ADHD so moving around is the only option to release for me sometimes!

Second, whenever it is nice out, my mom always sends us out in the backyard, so it's natural for me to use that as a coping skill. The sunshine always makes me feel better.

Third, I have been using essential oils for 8 years now to control all kinds of issues. I am pretty good at remembering which oils are good for what, but my mom has an awesome reference book about our oils in the...

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Anxiety in Dementia

Anxiety and worry will show up differently for our family, patients and clients who have dementia. It would be great if they could just say, “I’m feeling really anxious right now.” To recognize and then verbalize it is something we might expect but won’t get. If we continue to expect this to happen, then this in of itself leaves us as caregivers endlessly frustrated. I mean, many of us don’t recognize and verbalize it unless we have really good insight. How would we expect people with dementia to do this?

So why can’t they just tell us? Unfortunately, the skills needed to do just this simple task are dwindling, like insight, good judgement, problem-solving, anticipating risks and language, because the parts of the brain that manage and control these skills are affected by the disease little by little. 

Therefore, instead of words, individuals with dementia are going to show us in other ways that they are anxious. For instance, they might...

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What is Aromatherapy?

     Aromatherapy is an intervention that I not only use personally for myself and my family but also for my patients and clients. I wanted to share an excerpt from my new book that will launch an innovative dementia care model in Spring 2021, being published by Johns Hopkins University.

    ‘Aromatherapy is a relatively safe, all-natural use of essential oils to provide healing of the mind, body, and spirit. Essential oil use can be a form of olfactory, gustatory (taste), and tactile (touch) stimulation. Although research has shown that smell may decrease as Alzheimer disease progresses, the nose is still an entry way for the sensory stimuli of essential oils because the nasal cavity and nerve cells in the nasal lining are the closest entry to the limbic system. This connection between the sense of smell and the limbic system accounts for influence of essential oils on mood and memory. When using essential oils, they want to restore the body back to...

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My Oil Regimen

I’ve been managing COVID symptoms for about 2 weeks. My symptoms have been mild but yet odd. Parts of the day I feel no different than a usual day and other parts of the day I experience symptoms. Additionally, my symptoms change, alternate if you will. My symptoms fluctuate from hot flashes and cold chills, moments of headaches nausea, aches and pains to severe body pains, much fatigue and tiredness, intermittent night sweats, and a fluctuating sore throat and cough. I’ve put together an oil regimen to keep my symptoms more or less under control, or at least to not progress. 

With rest, relaxation, a good book, and binge watching TV shows, I put 1 drop of Clove in my coffee in the morning to clear my throat. Three times a day I take in a veggie capsule, 2 drops each of Frankincense (Frank), Lemon, Oregano, OnGuard, and Tea Tree oils with a few drops of coconut oil to manage symptoms related to the flu. I take 2 capsules of Deep Blue supplements to manage muscular...

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Anxiety Has Nothing To Do About Today

Today I sit here, as the co-owner of NeuroEssence, having developed the symptoms of COVID-19. Many thoughts go through my head – how will I continue to care for my family, how can I continue to service our clients remotely, how is it possible to lead others when I’m sick myself. I even have had morbid thoughts, brief thoughts of worsening symptoms, having to move from my home, needing to be hospitalized and even ventilated. What if I die?

All these thoughts came to a screeching halt when I realized that my negative, swirling and spiraling thoughts aren’t helping my situation. They are making it worse, causing me to get up at 230AM and losing sleep.

My kids are worried about Mommy and will I ever get better; my husband is concerned about my health – his wife, mother of his children, and best friend. My family checks on me in fear of losing me, and my friends think about the what if. My colleagues worry about our future together.

My anxiety, and the anxiety of...

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Does Social Distancing Mean Healthy Distancing Too?

Our leading followers of NeuroEssence comprises of mostly women, I think primarily due to the professions we support. So we asked a man's perspective on how his social distancing is going...

"Ok, so day one of getting back to being serious about being healthy. It’s been two weeks for me of being at home with the family and it’s been a blast. We’ve been veggin' out as we like to say ...watching movies, making snacks, sleeping in...basically, treating every day likes it’s Saturday. But, it is affecting my body!

So now back to business! I, myself, am getting back to my schedule of Mito2Max, PB Assist, Terrazyme, and Turmeric. I take these once in the morning with a protein probiotic shake or a light breakfast. I will do a second round of Mito2Max at around 2 o’clock to finish out my day. I am also going to fast 3 days a week and see how my doTERRA regimen works out. I might have to adjust my times only because I have to eat to take the pills.

In addition to...

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How to Have Fun and Stay Healthy on Vacation

Vacations are a time to sit back, relax, enjoy, and separate yourself from the stressors of life. Picture yourself on a white sandy beach, looking out at the blue, crisp ocean, with your feet in the sand, and the warm sun on your skin. Hear the waves crashing into the beach, and smell that fresh ocean scent. Ahhhhh... Then to top off this moment, you go to pick up your margarita. Is it a regular margarita with lots of sugary sweet-and-sour mix or a 'skinny' made with cucumbers and/or agave? Even though you’re kicking back, it doesn't mean you can't kick back in a healthful way.

Sure, you may ‘food splurge’ here or there on your vacation, but it doesn't mean you have to forgo all healthy eating habits. Actually, if you continue eating healthy, you'll be able to enjoy more of your vacation. You'll feel energized, well-rested, and motivated to experience your next adventure. Whether it's swimming with dolphins, enjoying time at the beach, or climbing that mountain...

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'Mind'blowing

My grandfather passed away last week. He was 99 years old and lived a full life. He was adamant about being called Papa, as he was too cool to be called Grandpa. He out lived two wives, had children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. He worked hard and saved very well. He was retired more years than he worked! He loved being physically active - square dancing and walking, conquering his word searches, tinkering using his hands, and gardening. He even drove up until 18 months before his passing. And his mind was sharp up until his last year. He was our poster child for brain health!

Papa was diagnosed with renal disease 8 years ago. He was told that if he didn't have dialysis that he would pass in 6 months. Eight years later, he was still walking, telling jokes, and making passes at the ladies. However, in the last week of of his life, he said to us, “I’m ready for Jesus to take my hand.” No event had occurred, no worsening...

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How to Destigmatize Mental Health in the Vintage Population

It’s no secret that our harbored stigmatization and misinformation around mental health started generations ago. That means that folks in the vintage population, aka Baby Boomers, may still be holding onto these misconceptions. This creates a barrier for them to receive the services they may need. As the numbers in cases of depression, anxiety, and suicide rise in this generation, various behavioral patterns and emotional reactions could be managed with better mental health. This poses the problem of how we accomplish this!

One way to increase the utilization of mental health services is through the destigmatization of using them. 

As a healthcare provider or caregiver, you can help your patient or loved one by doing the following actions:

  1. Make Mental Health Part of the Conversation - There’s a difference when mental health is brought up at the doctor's office, once, pertaining to a specific issue which can lead to shame... versus having positive mental health be...
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Navigating Geriatric Depression: Guide for Nursing Homes

When working with the vintage population, especially individuals with dementia, you often will see signs of geriatric depression. Below is a guide to navigating geriatric depression and creating a positive environment that is supportive to individuals dealing with depressive symptoms. 

 

Start by ruling out medical conditions...

According to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-V), we are required to rule out medical conditions before diagnosing a mental condition; medical conditions can cause/exacerbate mental conditions and vice versa.

From a clinician’s standpoint, refer your resident to a physician first for a full physical with a blood work-up and urinalysis.

 

Screening Residents for Signs & Symptoms

Some of these you may be able to screen and notice on your own but others you may need to refer the resident to a physician for a diagnosis. 

 

Screen for Common Health Issues that Affect Mood

  • Electrolyte imbalances
  • Dehydration
  • Malnutrition
  • ...
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