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Let's Talk: A Q&A Discussion about Mental Health with Benjamin Rose

What is mental health? Behavioral health? What should you do if you’re worried about a friend or a loved one? How is COVID-19 impacting your loved one’s mental health? May is Mental Health Month and Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging wants to help you answer all of your mental health questions. In this webinar, mental health experts from Benjamin Rose’s Behavioral Health team discuss and respond to listeners questions about mental health in real time and share valuable tips and information to help you navigate mental and behavioral health services and supports.

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By Tamar Cooper, Kerstin Yoder, Doug Braun | 05/27/2021

The Digital Divide: What Families Should Know

The changes brought by the COVID-19 pandemic to how we work, socialize, take care of our health and go about our daily lives have deepened the Digital Divide, the gap between those who can use and have access to technology and those who don’t. For older adults with increased healthcare and caregiving needs, as well as higher risks for social isolation, this divide can be especially daunting. In this webinar, we will look into what the Digital Divide is and what caregiving, healthcare, isolation prevention and homecare resources exist to help older adults and their caregivers navigate it together.

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By Rachel Slomovitz, Connie Hill-Johnson, Jennifer Drost | 05/21/2021

Aging Challenges for Older Adults in the LGBT+ Community

Individuals in the LGBT+ community have a long history of facing discrimination in the United States, and the effects of prejudice, hostility and mental, emotional and physical harm are felt by all generations of the community, from youths to older adults. Many LGBT+ older adults age into systems that may not fully accept and support them, and may directly or indirectly stand in the way of them getting the physical and mental health assistance they need. 

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By Tamar Cooper | 05/17/2021

Discussing Uncomfortable Aging Topics with a Doctor

Talking about health isn’t always an easy thing. Society tends to put emphasis on what is and isn’t “polite conversation,” and almost every etiquette guide advises against discussing bodily functions, uncomfortable symptoms or anything that would make a listener squeamish. It’s rude. It’s embarrassing. It’s better kept to yourself. Unfortunately, these stigmas can creep into situations where topics that would otherwise be kept quiet need to be discussed, especially at the doctor’s office.

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By Julie Hayes | 05/17/2021

What to Do if Your Loved One is Resistant to Home Health Care

"I don't want anyone in my home"- How many of us have heard our older loved ones say something similar to this to justify why they refuse additional support – even when they know how much they could use it?  Currently, it is easy to use COVID as an excuse not to bring outside people into the home. But what happens when we are all vaccinated, or the needs of our loved ones are greater than the family can handle alone? 

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By Lauri Scharf | 05/17/2021