Saturday, December 21, 2013

Mezei: Manage Your Stress and Enjoy Life to the Fullest

Our lives revolve around family, work, and social obligations, and at some point all of us have felt as the world has fallen on your shoulder. Stress is any factor that causes bodily or mental unease. While eliminating stress completely is unrealistic, stress management is quite attainable and realistic goal that can be achieved. Attencia VP, Penina Mezei has in-depth knowledge on the topic, and in this article she is going to share a few strategies that can help us manage stress, and find inner peace. Numerous studies prove that anger management is an effective stress reducer.

For those under stress, management of life stresses is an important goal. As we already concluded, elimination of stress is unrealistic, since stress is a part of normal life. Instead, Mezei recommends that we learn relaxation techniques and other methods to manage stress, and gain control over our lives and our physical and mental health.

People who engage in social activities, and thus have strong social network, report less stress and fewer negative symptoms of stress, as opposed to those who lack social support.

There are many different relaxation techniques that can help us manage stress, but the most popular techniques include yoga, time-management, counseling or group therapy, exercise, and leading an overall healthy lifestyle.

The next time you find yourself in a situation where you are becoming annoyed or aggravated by something trivial or unimportant, try to practice letting go, making a conscious choice not to become angry or upset. Before reacting to the next stressful situation, take deep breaths and give yourself time to reconsider your actions. If you have a few spare minutes, try out some of the relaxation technique suggested by Penina Mezei. Most importantly, don’t allow yourself to waste energy where it is not deserved.

Also, whenever you feel overwhelmed, try arranging your thoughts first, and speak more slowly than usual. This way you’ll think more clearly and react more reasonably, when faced to stressful situations. Probably you’ve already noticed that stressed people tend to speak fast and breathlessly in the heat of the moment. By slowing down your speech you'll also appear less anxious and more in control to others.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Penina Mezei about Successful Aging

Substantial increases in the number of older persons in our society pose a challenge for biology, social, behavioral science, and medicine. Successful aging is multidimensional, encompassing the avoidance of disease and disability, and includes maintenance of high physical and cognitive function, and sustained engagement in social and productive activities. Penina Mezei, Vice President of patient relations at Attencia has identified factors predictive of success in these critical domains.

Millions of Americans are experiencing longer life as the percentage of Americans aged 65 and older has tripled in the last 100 years, and now represents 13 % of the population. But as the number of people living into the second 50 years of life continues to climb, the urgency now has begun to shift from that of medically prolonging life to ensuring that a prolonged life is worth living.

Researchers are inspecting the problem along several fronts, and some of the most practically applicable work has come from the field of memory and cognition. According to Penina Mezei, It is cognitive capacity, more than any physical disability that most often determines whether people can attain extreme old age while remaining active. Studies in this area range from better understanding mental functioning, to the importance of social support in keeping memories sharp, to the basic review of everyday activities.

Being engaged in this sector, Mezei is reassured almost daily that humans in their later years have far more physical and mental strength than imagined. There are countless proves that memory loss can be reversed by individual strategies such as daily memory checks and regular mental exercises. As one of Attencia’s chief executives, Penina Mezei has been actively involved in finding methods to help people change their behavior and take advantage of increased longevity.

There are so many important questions about health and aging that need to be answered. But a new paradigm that caught the attention of Ms. Mezei shows that memory and cognitive power don't necessarily decline with age as traditionally thought.

Pursuing that theory, Penina Mezei began researching and studying the value of having older adults develop memory strategies, perform a daily self-monitoring of their memory and carry out regular mental exercises. One of her findings that surprised many people was the fact that skills at abstract reasoning played no role at all in a person's proficiency at solving a crossword puzzle, whether young or old. Simple knowledge and experience made the difference.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Dementia - Disease of Third Age

With the aging our body starts to experiences changes, as all organs change, reducing their function. Such changes occur in the brain. These changes cause memory loss, particularly for recent developments - we do not know where we had left the keys to the apartment, did we turned off the stove before going out, where our identity card, the less we remember and what we have read. These are normal changes with age, but the ability to function is preserved. Such forgetfulness in elderly people called benign forgetfulness and is not a sign of dementia. More citations on this has matter has written professor Penina Mezei and some of her publications can be found on her profile at Google Scholar.

Dementia is a gradual loss of mental abilities, resulting in memory loss, changes in behavior, or loss of social skills. It occurs in older people (usually over 60, but can occur in younger), but a disease, not part of the normal aging process. The disease develops very slowly, the process can take years, initially it cannot be recognized, and over time the situation deteriorates and has a dramatic impact on the whole family. It is a condition in which that remains only one "key on the keyboard" - delete. The memories are erased, the names of the people around us and their people. Loss of memory is actually a loss of identity. There are many types of dementia among the most common are Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia.

Causes of Dementia

Usually caused by conditions that interfere with thinking, the ability for making conclusions and talking, above all conditions that lead to nerve cell damage. There are agents that cause a progressive type of dementia that over time deteriorate:
* Diseases that cause degeneration or loss of nerve cells in the brain such as Alzheimer's (accumulation of beta-amyloid in neural cells - "senile plaque" deficiency of acetylcholine), Parkinson's and Huntington's disease
* Head injuries
* Lack of blood and oxygen to the brain due to a stroke, endocarditis, atherosclerosis, heart attack (vascular dementia)
* Disruption of immunity - AIDS, Creutzfeldt-Jakob-Disease Owl

The following agents causing reversible dementia, which can be treated with medication at Americare under the guidance of Penina Mezei (see this link to find more about Americare and Penina Mezei) and thereby, alleviate symptoms:
* The pressure of the brain, eg tumor
* Toxic reactions - poisoning with alcohol, drugs, heavy metals (lead), carbon monoxide or pesticides
* Vitamin deficiencies (B12, B1, B6, folic acid) and fluids (dehydration)
* Infections and certain diseases - meningitis, encephalitis, untreated syphilis, Lyme disease, leukemia, multiple sclerosis, Pick's disease, Wilson's disease, diseases of the kidney, liver and lung
* Metabolic and endocrine disorders - hypothyroidism, hypoglycemia, very high or very low concentrations of sodium or calcium into the blood
* Certain types of hydrocephalus (fluid buildup in the brain that occurs due to abnormal development)

* Major depression causes dementia resonant.