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October 4, 2016

WESTCHESTER COUNTY – With nearly 40,000 people in the Hudson Valley affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the Alzheimer’s Association is partnering with Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) to offer a series of educational programs for caregivers.

“Healthy living for your brain and body: Tips from the latest research”will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, at Sinai Free Synagogue at 550 N. Columbus Ave. in Mount Vernon. This program provides information from the latest research on Read More

    October 2, 2016 By Kathy Welsh

    CARMEL — Putnam Hospital Center, in conjunction with The Boxwood Alliance, will host a Health and Wellness Fair for Seniors and Caregivers over two days in October.

    The fair will is open to the public and will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, and from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 26, at Putnam Hospital Center, 670 Stoneleigh Ave.

    Exhibitors will include a variety of hospital, business, county and community-based organizations that offer services Read More

    Full disclosure: I hate scary stuff. I don’t watch horror movies; I don’t read Stephen King or Dean Koontz; and I don’t pay good cash money to visit Halloween theme park attractions featuring ghosts, ghouls, or goblins.

    But a lot of people do. So, every Halloween, theme parks around the country seem to compete with each other to see who can create the scariest exhibits.

    This year, two major North American theme park chains—Cedar Fair Entertainment Company and Six Flags—came up with Read More

    A recently closed Halloween-themed attraction that was opposed by Kay Warren, wife of Saddleback Church Pastor Rick Warren, and others for stigmatizing people who live with mental illness is garnering new support in the form of an online petition calling for its reopening.

    Earlier this week, it was announced that FearVR was going to be closed by the Buena Park, California-based Knott’s Berry Farm in response to outcry over its portrayal of a character suffering from mental Read More

    A recent survey reports that 47% of adults living with schizophrenia drop out of college, compared to the 27% college dropout rate in the U.S. overall.  Another study reports that students diagnosed with bipolar disorder are 70% more likely to drop out of college than students with no psychiatric diagnosis.

    My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia in his junior year of college. I was devastated by what I perceived to be the loss of hope for his future, but he was Read More

    TROY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – If someone can’t breathe, you give them CPR. If someone is choking, you use the Heimlich.

    What do you do if you think someone is about to commit suicide? The Mental Health Association of New York is teaching first aid for the mind.

    “We train people to be able to talk to somebody who is either experiencing or beginning to experience a mental health challenge, problem, or right up to and including whether somebody is in crisis,” John Read More

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