Best Anxiety And Depression Supplement On The Market?

Simply put Bio Strath is magic in a bottle, and possibly the best anti anxiety and depression supplement out there. With no known side effects this herbal mixture that includes basil, angelica, balm, caraway, chamomile, cinnamon, elder, lavender, peppermint and more could be the answer to those who are looking for that sustained vitality we all want during our hectic day to day lives. People with anxiety disorders understand well the continuous mental fatigue they are under everyday, and the result leaves them emotionally and physically exhausted, especially if panic attacks are also present. But talking from my own personal experience with Bio Strath during my 6 year struggle with anxiety disorders and extreme depression, I can confidently say that there isn’t too many supplements for mild to severe anxiety and depression out there that TRULY work, but through this anti anxiety supplement, I can say it helped me during my worst panic attacks and mood disorders when i needed it the most as I worked hard at overcoming the root of my mental health problems.

Two things that Bio Strath is extremely beneficial for specifically is maintaining concentration (which us who suffer from generalized anxiety are all too familiar with), and strengthening the resistance we all need for our immune systems. This is key because it gives you relief, which is hard to come by since people with anxious minds rarely feel much relief when it comes to symptoms of anxiety that fill us with lingering fear at every moment (since people with anxiety disorders imaginations are second to none). This herbal yeast formula is actually backed by much scientific research, so if you’re the kind like me who needs some kind of facts to support someones claims on a good anxiety and depression supplement, then you will easily be able to find it. Restoring the balance that our tired minds and bodies feel isn’t that complicated, eating enough essential fats with this supplement has helped optimize the performance of my brain greatly (although some may disagree).

You can expect benefits from taking Bio Strath in about 3 to 4 weeks, but everyone’s different and benefits may take a shorter or longer amount of time depending on many factors. The other worthy remind is that even if you have Candida (which may or may not be contributing to those nasty symptoms of anxiety) as I did during my 6 year battle with panic and anxiety, it is still safe to take Bio Strath because it does not contain live yeast, and there are also many success stories out there with people who swear by the benefits AGAINST Candida in the presence of this supplement. Maintaining a healthy mind and body through proper exercise and diet is definitely possible, but if there is a shortcut to success, I think the Swiss have found it.

Depression and Exercise – How Exercise Can Fight Depression

Many people suffer with depression at some point during their lives. Oftentimes, they seek professional help from therapists, psychologists or other medical professionals. Treatment often includes regular visits to health professionals and the taking of antidepressants. There are a variety of antidepressants on the market and the effects of these drugs vary from person to person.

Antidepressants typically don’t work any better than placebos. In fact they can cause severe problems in your health and life. It is a commonly known fact that depression can cause sufferers to have suicidal thoughts. However, antidepressant drugs have also been shown to cause suicidal and homicidal thoughts in addition to other related behaviors. Antidepressants can also cause serious health problems including those with potential life-threatening risks.

Exercise is an effective way of combatting depression without the use of prescription drugs. Significant research has confirmed that physical exercise is oftentimes as effective as antidepressants for helping people who suffer with depression. Exercise provides multiple benefits for the entire body. A few benefits include improving heart health and muscle tone and strength. Exercise also reduces levels of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Physical exercise causes the body to increase the level of endorphins. Endorphins are often referred to as the “feel good” hormones in your brain. Endorphins interact with brain receptors to lift the mood and produce a positive mood in the individual. Many runners experience a feeling often described as a “runner’s high.” They often describe it as a feeling of euphoria.

One does not need to be a runner to experience the psychological effects of exercise. All types of exercises are beneficial. Moderate exercises such as walking, dancing, low-impact aerobics, swimming, biking, golf, rebounding and yoga provide variety and great health benefits.

Rebounders are mini-trampolines. Rebounding involves bouncing or jumping on the rebounder. This promotes circulation in the body and can greatly reduce depression levels. Rebounding is excellent exercise for the entire body and can be done by people of all fitness levels. Rebounders are particularly good for the lymphatic system which is the primary dumping ground for toxins and waste in the body. They can be used indoors or outdoors.

Rebound exercise provides psychological benefits in addition to other major health benefits. Rebounding is especially effective in eliminating toxins from the body. Sedentary people frequently have poor lymph flow and often suffer with more illnesses than those who exercise regularly. Rebound exercise greatly improves lymph flow and can improve the health of those who regularly do rebound exercise. An effective rebound exercise can be done in as few as fifteen minutes.

Group exercises such as in a gym or fitness center may be more beneficial to some sufferers of depression and it can be more pleasant than exercising alone. You may also prefer taking a walk with a friend or spouse. This enables you to gain emotional comfort and support in addition to the benefits of the physical activity that you engage in.

Check with your health practitioner before beginning an exercise program. Start slowly and gradually work up to a more intense workout if your health permits. A walk in the morning or evening can provide more health benefits than you may realize.

How Can H Pylori Cause Anxiety and Depression?

It is well known that H. pylori can cause digestive symptoms such as heartburn, reflux, bloating, nausea and vomiting. However, the knock on effects of bacterial and parasitic infections can be profound and may cause seemingly unrelated symptoms.

Research has clearly shown that H. pylori can cause vitamin B12 deficiency and iron deficiency anaemia.

Typically, in medical research other nutrients are not studied. However nutritionists who use advanced laboratory testing techniques commonly see deficiencies in vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B6 when patients have digestive infections. It is also not uncommon to see amino acid and fatty acid insufficiencies.

If the body becomes nutritionally depleted as a result of H. pylori and other digestive infections, symptoms can develop elsewhere in the body.

For example, amino acids are required for the production of thyroid hormone and the neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. B6 is required for the formation of dopamine. If these chemicals are low in the body, depression, anxiety and fatigue can easily set in.

Typically SSRI antidepressant drugs will be prescribed in these situations but the key to successful treatment is actually to ensure the gut is functioning properly. This means removing H. pylori, other infections and ensuring proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Convenient and inexpensive urine testing can be employed to evaluate nutritional status and short-term supplementation can be used to replenish specific nutrient levels.

It is known that H. pylori and other digestive infections cause inflammation in the digestive tract. H. pylori is well known as a major cause of gastritis.

Inflammation always requires an anti-inflammatory response. The body’s anti-inflammatory hormones are cortisol and cortisone. High levels of inflammation lead to higher than normal levels of cortisol. Because cortisol is a stimulatory hormone, high levels can lead to anxiety and panic.

An increased demand for cortisol also leads to a reduction in the sex hormones – progesterone, oestrogen and testosterone. Imbalances in these hormones can cause a multitude of symptoms, including depression, anxiety, irritability, fatigue, period pains, acne and more.

If the H. pylori is not dealt with and the inflammation continues, the cortisol levels will start to drop as the adrenal glands where it is made become fatigued. Low cortisol can also cause mood symptoms.

Doctors tend to overlook digestive infections as a cause of mood problems but the reality is that if a patient cannot absorb nutrients and has imbalanced hormones, mental and emotional symptoms are almost inevitable.

Whey Protein Powder and Depression – A Correlation Exists!

Most people don’t know about the relationship between Whey protein is usually recognized as the supplement that helps body builders bulk up. The truth of the matter is that why protein powder has loads of benefits for all different types of people, whether it be young, old, gym rats or couch potato.

Most people don’t know about the relationship between whey protein powder and depression. Whey protein is usually recognized as the supplement that helps body builders bulk up. The truth of the matter is that whey protein powder has loads of benefits for all different types of people, whether it be young, old, gym rats or couch potato. Seriously, I started making myself these protein shakes several years ago (although when I first heard of this stuff I was skeptical), and it’s boosted my mood and my energy to hit the gym!

The reason work-out nuts love whey protein powder is that it helps in providing you with energy when you exercise and with getting your muscles back to shape after a workout. But the consumption of it also helps you get the correct amount of all proteins, minerals, vitamins, and carbs. When you get the correct amount of vitamins and minerals you end up feeling fuller and more satiated, thus leaving you less prone to overeating. Furthermore, the immunoglobulin in this type of protein helps boost your immune system!

When it comes to helping treat depression, a supplement called glutamine found in whey protein powder has been shown to do the job. Another reason this protein is thought to help treat depression is that it is full of tryptophan, an amino acid which has been shown to increase mood and lower stress levels. There are lots of studies showing the relationship between tryptophan levels and depression- all of them showing a negative correlation between the two (that is, the more tryptophan in your diet, the less prone you are to getting depressed). Turkey is also chock full of tryptophan, and have you ever noticed how wonderful, but maybe a bit guilty, you feel after having that thanksgiving dinner?

If you care about your figure, as I’m sure most of you do, and want an extra boost in mood, you should think about purchasing whey protein powder and adding it to your health regime. If you don’t want to spend money on the protein shakes, then at least eat a banana a day, as it also contains tryptophan, plus lots of other beneficial nutrients to help you work out!

Bridging the Tensions in Depression and Trauma

When depression was at its worst, I found I was immobile, far beyond my ability to receive the care of well-meaning people. Their care was still important. I still needed it. And I would inevitably recover somewhat into a place where their empathy really did help.

I have therefore found that depression is a fluid state, where some days forward-movement is possible, whereas other days it’s futile. And it is best that everyone (those helping and those being helped) accepts this reality, that for those with depression, cannot be changed. Just like it is also best that everyone understands that forward-movement and empowerment on some days is not only possible, it’s necessary. The difficult thing is discerning which day is which.

Perhaps this is why the wisdom in The Serenity Prayer is so commanding:

God, help me accept the days I cannot change. Help me be bold on the days I can move and improve. And give me wisdom to discern the difference between these days.

Can you see the tensions in the above precis?

In depression there is forward-movement and backward-movement. Some days there is hope. Other days, pure despair. Neither kind of day can be changed. It is best accepted, not that care doesn’t help. Sometimes, as an adult, it is good to be alone and be faced with ‘how to get through this’, but there is a limit to that thinking. We need interaction to break us past the sinkhole of thinking we can spiral into.

Balancing tensions is about appreciating the global dynamics presenting in your case of depression.

Like most things in life, there is a lie in suggesting there is a single global truth at play in complex intrapersonal or interpersonal dynamics. There are always more aspects to your truth than that. That can be a difficult thing for you to understand and accept, let alone someone else entirely.

For instance, a victim of abuse, a traumatised subject, must receive unequivocal empathy – they must be believed, and it is incredibly important for their future hope and prosperity to do this. But it mustn’t be left there. Not all the healing is contained in empathy, even if it is a powerful start. The victim, and now let’s call them the survivor (of the trauma), must have more than your belief and tacit encouragement. They must also be gently challenged on their journey of recovery – which suggests, and believes for, restoration – and sometimes this feels tough.

There is a danger for every survivor of trauma. They can begin and continue to be sucked into the vortex of victimhood. We need to watch our language. Not cussing. But how are we lingering in disempowering statements about ourselves that sound like we’re still the victim. We need to work to a goal beyond that.

When we keep saying, “[They or the situation] did this to me!” or “[They or the situation] won’t change!” or “How dare [they or the situation]!” especially if we’re still angry, we cannot fully recover. Don’t get me wrong. The anger and incredulity is justified. But vindication comes when we move past feeling like a victim and tap into our agency (which means action or intervention that produces a particular [empowering] effect). Personal power is needed to fully recover, and we need to find a way to tap into it, to access it.

But agency cannot come until empathy is received and remains. Yet if we were to leave it at empathy, agency may never be fully realised. We need both.

As you suffer, can you hold the tensions in these seemingly opposing truths:

You are believed; it happened, it was horrible, and it is horrendous. But you can also be more than what you have experienced.

Balancing the tensions is not one is better than the other or one is right and one is wrong. Balancing the tensions in restoring mental health is all about receiving empathy that validates what was and what is and challenge that propels us to the agency of what can be.

Sufferers MUST be believed, AND sufferers MUST believe they can recover.

*** This article assumes, for victims of abuse, that you are OUT of your toxic situation. Recovery cannot take place in a situation that retraumatises us.

How To Stay One Step Ahead Of Mental Depression: Part 3 Of 3

Okay, so things are tough. You’re depressed. The bills have formed an impenetrable wall that you feel like you’ll never knock down. You’re depressed. But the world isn’t over and there’s time, and there are ways, to over come your situation and your depression. In part 1 and 2 of this 3 part series, we examined depression and its causes and started formulating ways to develop a Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) so you can overcome depression at any point in your life under any circumstance. In this final article, we’ll finish exploring ways to take your mind off your problems so your PMA can help you defeat any problem.

Make Some Time to Do a Crossword

Most people love to do crosswords. A crossword puzzle is a square grid that contains a series of blank squares which are to be filled with words that are surmised from clues that are given. These blank squares have words that are filled vertically and horizontally. They cross each other and overlap until the grid is completed and the riddle is solved. To be able to do this successfully one needs to have a mastery over their vocabulary and an extensive knowledge of various subjects. Crosswords challenge your brain, especially when difficult. I compare a crossword puzzle to creating a plan or strategy which is essential to overcoming depression, because you must also develop a specific plan to fix your course of action in regards to the focus point of your worries that influence your state of depression. So treat developing your plan like you would treat completing a crossword puzzle. Just like one keeps filling the squares with letters, thoughts and ideas that come to your mind must be jotted down and kept. Even if they don’t fit into what you are planning to do, don’t reject any of them. There will be a day when you think to some level that you have enough thoughts and ideas written down, then you can be critical as to what you want to use, eliminating or storing the rest for future reference.

After developing a plan, if it does not successfully work, then continue to replace it with a new plan, learning from your mistakes until you find one that does work. When you choose this route, it creates confidence in your ability to handle any situation.

Ditch the Paralysis of Will

As Thich Nhat Hanh once said, “People have a hard time letting go of their suffering. Out of a fear of the unknown, they prefer suffering that is familiar.” Despite all good intentions to go forward with their plan, many people don’t follow through on what they have decided upon. They become overwhelmed with doubt and fear, to the point of losing the nerve to tackle any new venture in today’s economy. They cannot see the potential opportunities around them because they are paralyzed by the fear of failure, thus limitless potential becomes restricted by self-limitations. Their whole perspective is limited because they can’t think big enough to get past today, or big enough to see where they can go or what they could be a part of. In plain words, they lack the importance of creative visualization, because of this, they will argue themselves out of a good thing.

Fear will intensify insecurity, paralyzing any decision-making process, making people wait for ever better possibilities which often never come. In the meantime they let incredible opportunities slip by.

Indecision creates an unstable situation in your mind and body. As long as you are an indecisive person you are vulnerable, you won’t be able to move in any direction with full assurance unless you are guaranteed that the step you might take is safe and secure. And we all know there are no guarantees in life. If and when you do decide, don’t allow yourself to be harassed by fear. Take long slow breaths and imagine strength and courage coming to you. Work with whatever you have and move forward, taking advantage of the opportunities that surround you. Let the results speaks for themselves. “Where there is a will, there is a way.”

Shake Your Booty

Of course I don’t mean to go out and dance. What I am trying to say is drop the remote, get off the sofa and start being creative again. Though you may have taken a sizable loss in your business plunging your family into a severe financial hole, you must not forget that you still have the creativity and ingenuity that you originally started out with. If you decide to start over in another field, you can use the same creativity and ingenuity that worked before. Eventually this will result in a much more successful and prosperous accomplishment. Hidden deep within ourselves is an extraordinary and inexhaustible source of innovative ideas, a fountain of creativity waiting for us to drink from it. It is incredible as to how many creative ideas are born of extreme necessity. The same inventive spirit found in the American people during prosperous times can also be demonstrated during the worst. If you can’t find work then create work. Work with what you have and get in touch with that inner creative power. By focusing on the positive, you will be amazed at how the right people, effective opportunities and favorable situations will present themselves in order to bring your desire to a successful fruition.

Okay, Now Take a Good Look in the Mirror

Tell me, do you like what you see? Are you standing tall with your shoulders pulled back and your chest expanded? Are your gestures and facial expressions attractive or repulsive? Could it be possible that you haven’t lost that same blank stare, grimace, frown, and sagging chin that has hounded you for years? You’re probably still hunched over, toting around baggage from all sorts of upsets, imparting negative vibes to everyone you meet? Do you still lack the desire to exalt yourself above and beyond your depression in order to make changes, to improve your situation or to move forward? Perhaps repeating the previous steps might help you stay one step ahead of your mental depression. My dear friends, because I care so much for all of you, I am concerned for your well-being. I want you to find a level of inner peace like I did. You cannot linger and wallow in negative attitudes and emotions. If you are to face the future with any strength, the first thing you need to do is prevent and eliminate those negative emotions driven by fear, panic, anxiety and depression. You must replace this fear with positive emotions. If you still need help finding your way out, there are other articles which I have written with respect to positive thinking and self-improvement. They have been published. You can find them on my blog. They may be beneficial in encouraging you to find your life’s purpose and to live life to the fullest in the best way possible. It will prompt you to survive, experiencing a much happier and prosperous way of life. When you have a positive attitude, you will cease feeling depressed and will wake up each day feeling good about yourself, expecting incredible things to happen. Good luck and the best of success with your new outlook on life. Then again, if you have a new, positive outlook on life, you won’t need luck!

How Alcohol Causes Depression

It has been proven that alcohol causes depression. Depression is ongoing feelings of hopelessness, sadness, unhappiness, and causes a bleak outlook on life. And when you are suffering from depression you can’t be at the top of your game. It is hard to function in high gear when you are fatigued and are experiencing a general lack of interest, also caused by depression. It may also be important to point out here that depression causes anxiety. So many who suffer from depression will also have episodes of anxiety.

Since alcohol is a known depressant, it stands to reason people with depression shouldn’t drink. This applies to people suffering from manic depression as well. Studies have shown that doctors miss diagnosing correctly roughly 65% of people who are depressed.

The depression caused by alcohol actually starts with your physical body. First, alcohol lowers the serotonin and norepinephrine levels in your brain. These chemicals are the chemicals that give you your good feelings – a feeling of well being, and they help you to feel normal. The anti-depressant drugs were designed build these chemicals back up. After a long drinking career, since alcohol can take these brain chemicals down to ground zero, it can take a long time for the anti-depressants to bring these brain chemical levels back to where they need to be.

Alcohol also temporarily nullifies the effects of stress hormones. This is why after drinking you feel worse than ever, because alcohol depresses your nervous system and your brain. A study was done that followed people who were only drinking one drink a day and after these people stopped drinking for 3 months, their depression scores improved. And that is only at one drink a day, so it is easy to imagine the impact the kind of volume an alcoholic takes in every day can have.

Alcohol all but wipes out every vitamin in your system after a drinking session. A folic acid deficiency will contribute the brain aging and in older people, dementia. The folic acid deficiency also contributes to overall depression. Further, the alcohol in your system also breaks down and speeds the elimination of antioxidants in your blood. Antioxidants are critically important to our health because antioxidants fight free radicals and free radical damage causes diseases and aging. Our immune system actually creates the antioxidants which then neutralize the free radicals.

Alcohol can activate a gene that has been linked to depression and other mental issues. The result of this activation can cause not only depression, but seizures, and manic depressive episodes as well.

Although the majority of problem drinkers associate depression with their mental and emotional states, the fact is this kind of depression originates in your physical body’s response to drinking alcohol.

How Homolateral Energy Could Hold the Key to Beating Depression

Very few people know about the Homolateral Energy State, but it can often hold the key to really understanding WHY you suddenly start to feel SO down, SO tired, SO apathetic, like everything feels like too much trouble, or too difficult.

In a nutshell, When a person is in good physical and emotional health, the energy in their body crosses over, from side to side, and from top to bottom, and from front to back.

But if you could take a picture of a depressed person’s energy, you’d see that instead of crossing-over, their energy appears to be stuck just going straight up and down their body, in a pattern called ‘Homolateral’.

When you’re stuck in the Homolateral Energy State:

· You operate at 50% (or sometimes, even less) of your full energetic capacity.

· You find it much harder to get well, physically, and often keep falling back into chronic illnesses

· Even simple movements like walking, which are usually incredibly energizing and spirit-raising, are very tiring and difficult to do. (When your energy is healthy and crossing over, walking is the perfect exercise to keep the energy flowing that way. But when your energy is running in parallel lines, then the effort to walk – with the arms and the legs alternating in a ‘cross-over’ pattern – is going against the current energetic flow of your body. It’s like trying to swim upstream; you get tired-out, fatigued and miserable very quickly.)

· Emotionally, you typically feel depressed, very negative and cynical about life; overwhelmed and chronically exhausted.

You can get ‘Homolateral’ very easily if you’ve been sick, injured, operated on, or been through some chronically or acutely stressful experiences. (In other words, people get Homolateral as a kind of physical ‘Post Traumatic Stress’ reaction.)

The following exercise can help you get out of the Homolateral Energy State – and once you’re out and ‘unstuck’, physiologically, you’ll find that you naturally have much more optimism, courage and emotional strength.

THE ‘HOW TO GET OUT OF THE HOMOLATERAL ENERGY STATE’ EXERCISE:

1) Sit on your couch.

2) Touch the same elbow to the same knee, (first using the right elbow and right knee, then switching to the left elbow and left knee), 12 times on each side.

3) Then touch the opposite elbow to the opposite knee, (right elbow to left knee, then left elbow to right knee), 12 times on each side.

4) Do both sets another two times, ending with alternate sides (ie, right elbow to left knees etc).

Remember, these exercises are NOT about feeling the burn; they’re about getting the energy to start crossing over again.

If you’re ill, or feeling very weak, you can take them as slowly as you need to, and they will still do the job.

Remember:

· If you’ve been very Homolateral, stressed and depressed or ill for a while, you’ll need to do these exercises twice a day for at least 40 days, before the improvements really start to hold for any length of time.

There are many reasons we get depressed, spread across all levels of mind, body and soul. But once you get out of the Homolateral energy state, you’ll find that the other areas of your life will start to shift, too.

Beating Depression Without Antidepressants

There are many different ways you can beat your depression without harmful antidepressant medications. The first step is to know yourself and your problems. You should be doing research online about the signs and symptoms, possible causes, whether it is chemical imbalances, too many toxins in your body, historical problems with neglect or abuse, and many others. You will need to also know what triggers your depression, so you can figure out how you can fix it.

You also need to know what can help your depression without antidepressants. There is an abundance of websites with articles about homeopathic ways to treat the symptoms of this disease, whether it is through herbal remedies, changes in diet and exercise, and many different kinds of supplements that are cheap and effective. There are connections between serotonin, endorphins and their effectiveness of our moods. There are also big connections relating to build-up of toxins in our bodies that can affect this disease. It could mean that your body needs to have these flushed from your system, or you need to increase the amount of serotonin levels in your brain.

You also need to understand why most antidepressant medications do nothing for many who are suffering from depression. For one, many times they inhibit natural occurring chemicals in the brain that are actually beneficial. For example, there are some medications that are supposed to increase certain pleasure chemicals in the brain, so you are not feeling so down. The problem is that these drugs put too much of these chemicals into your system and tricking your brain into thinking that it doesn’t need to produce these on their own. The more you take, the more you need, and you can easily become addicted. There are many major drugs that are just not effective, and have many side-effects that totally outweigh any so called benefits.

You can beat your depression without antidepressant medications. You need to change your diet and sleeping habits. Cutting down on stimulants like coffee, soda, cigarettes, and other recreational drugs can greatly improve your overall well being. They may give you a ‘high’ for a short period of time, but in the end, they can have a more adverse effect when they wear off. Avoiding the abuse of alcohol can greatly affect and improve depressive moods. Alcohol has a tendency to make small problems into larger ones for no reason at all.

There are an abundance of self help techniques you can also use to beat your depression. Some of these are through self hypnosis, deep breathing exercises, as well as many forms of meditation. Simply having the courage to forgive yourself, and those who have wronged you, can go a long way to improve your mood. You can do this through counseling, and in many cases, you can get help at a low cost, and sometimes free. There are many CDs and books available online that can help you with self hypnosis, and there are even websites that offer some of these methods for free.

You can beat your depression, and while it is not a quick get healthy method, the benefits far outweigh antidepressants. If you are thinking about what you can do, then you have taken the first steps on your road to recovery. In the end you will see, not only will you get and feel better, others around you will feel better that they have their friend or family member back in their lives.

Companionship and Senior Mental Health – Let’s Talk About Depression

Most of us believe that caregiving must focus on the mind, body and soul. When seniors are lonely, they get depressed, just like you and I. Human beings need companionship, but we also need the right type of companionship. Perhaps like you, I strongly believe in matching a caregiver’s personality with that of their client and I find it so unfortunate that many companies in the in-home care industry do not concentrate on this. Matching client personalities makes for a positive relationship, stronger mental health, and a stress free in-home caregiver situation. Everyone wins.

Yes, it takes a little longer to find the right caregiver, but that’s okay, because in good in-home care companies they’ve found it prevents turnover, which is one of the complaints that many in the industry have. A true companionship-based caregiver scenario is one where the client is treated like family. The best way to achieve this is to make a proper match so that both the caregiver and the client see each other as family, it is best when it is a two-way street.

There was a very good research study in the “Journal of Health Psychology” put out by the American Psychological Association in 2011 (Cite: Vol. 30, No. 4, 377-385. DOI: 10.1037/a0022826). The research is titled; “Loneliness, Social Isolation, and Behavioral and Biological Health Indicators in Older Adults,” by Aparna Shankar, Anne McMunn, and Andrew Steptoe. In conclusion the research paper notes:

“Loneliness and social isolation may affect health independently through their effects on health behaviors. In addition, social isolation may also affect health through biological processes associated with the development of cardiovascular disease.”

For those of who work as caregivers, they are hardly surprised. In fact, experts in the sector have been saying this all along. The families of elderly tell us that they too are concerned and it is often one of the primary reasons they contact a company for in-home caregiver services. I hope you understand and agree with myself, the families, and the empirical scientific research.

I believe no one should have to be lonely in old age, we are here to serve, and glad to help our clients live happy, healthy and with compassionate companionship. As our population ages these issues emerge to the forefront, and it is all of our responsibilities to makes sure everyone concerned is served fairly and treated with dignity. Please do the research and think of those people you know who are in need, we must make such positive steps a reality for all.