Browsing Archives of Author »Rhona Finkel«

“And a one and a two. . .”: Exercise as a way to improve Alzheimer’s (World Alzheimer Awareness Day)

September 21, 2015


Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia and the fifth leading cause of death for those 65 and older write Casey, Antimisiaris, and O’Brien in their 2010 article in Pharmacy and Therapeutics, “Drugs for Alzheimer’s Disease: Are They Effective?” I imagine everyone nows by no that the journey involves progressive cognitive loss and impairment until the […]

June is National Migraine Awareness Month

June 1, 2015


There’s no doubt that I’m the weak link in my family. Sometimes you have no choice in linguistic life but to turn to Yiddish to really say what you want to say. So I’m not going to use the word ‘kvetch’ just because everybody knows it (even if I might have tendencies), but rather, if […]

National Suicide Prevention Week, May 17-23, 2015

May 17, 2015


On Sunday begins the 41st Annual National Suicide Prevention Week. The American Association of Suicidology is behind the week, and I just love their mission statement, with absolutely no messing around: “The goal of the American Association of Suicidology (AAS) is to understand and prevent suicide.”  There you have it. They have entitled the mission of this […]

Not that, too! Anxiety can shorten your life. (Healthy Lifestyle Awareness Day)

February 1, 2015


Frankly, I’m anxious.  (I’m also Rhona.) I spent a good amount of time trying to think of a way to put it that involved less brutal honesty, perhaps some more word craft–a bit of extra verbiage that might distract from such an unpleasant truth. But, ‘sometimes I worry’ was definitely a bit shy of the […]

Healthy Weight Week–A Continuing Crisis

January 20, 2015


Healthy Weight Week this year is January 19-23. And while I’ll admit that, looked at from one perspective, eating disorders can seem the domain of the rich and famous, the models and the actresses, of Victoria Beckham and Princess Diana, in reality they are widespread–across financial groups, ethnicities, and genders (would you believe that nearly […]

Teen-agers or Old-agers? Who’s More Likely to Suicide? International Survivors of Suicide Day

November 22, 2014


It’s an unpleasant question, and it doesn’t usually come up in casual conversation, but if you were to ask who was the group in the U.S. most likely to suicide, you’d get a variety of answers. Had you asked my brother two weeks after the birth of his first child, he would have told you […]

Mental Illness Awareness Week, May 11-17

November 15, 2014


Today begins Mental Illness Awareness Week. Established by Congress in 1990 thanks to efforts by the tireless National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), it occurs every year during the first week of October to raise awareness about mental illness. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 26.2% of adult Americans (that’s a […]

National Prematurity Awareness Month and Day

November 2, 2014


My oldest niece is the closest I ever came to having a child of my own. I do fully understand that you can never truly grasp what it’s like to have a child until you do, indeed, have one, but if all it took was a love so deep and wide that the famous Spanish […]

The Little People: Prematurity Awareness Month

November 1, 2014


You may recall that I wrote about my love affair with my severely premature the born niece. No don’t get scared off – you don’t haveto hear about how wonderful she is again, how acutely sensitive she is to others’ needs, how she’ll drop me a text from time to time just to say she […]

October is National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month

October 29, 2014


It may seem perfectly obvious. You’ve got a sinus infection. Your doctor writes you a script for amoxicillin. You (in theory) complete the course of the med–viola, all’s well. (Well, that’s not exactly the truth. Usually it’s ‘viola–you’ve still got your sinus infection,’ but let’s just stipulate so we can move on.) If your sole experience […]

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month: A Startling Consequence of Early Abuse

October 27, 2014


Clearly growing up with abusive parents is no great shakes no matter how you look at it. Early abuse has been correlated with later-life depression, stunted brain development, anxiety, alcohol abuse–and I’m just getting started. But, even knowing how damaging early childhood abuse is, a study caught my eye that surprised me, and brought home […]

If the Wife Takes an Antidepressant, is the Husband Protected From Suicide?

October 20, 2014


About one in every 10 Americans takes an antidepressant these days. A Center for Disease Control and Prevention Data Brief, “Antidepressant Use in Persons Aged 12 and Over: United States, 2005–2008,” shares some interesting statistics about how usage has grown, and who’s leading the charge. For example, Antidepressants were the third most common prescription drug […]