For People 50-65, Alzheimer’s Might Show-Up Differently

And yes, early onset Alzheimer’s might show up for some while they are in their 40’s; however, early-onset dementia tends to run in families and is therefore not random. At the end of this blog post there are resources listed that provide more specific information about types and stages of Alzheimer’s/Dementia. The American Alzheimer’s Association is a rich resource: http://www.alz.org/

 Memory loss may not always be first sign of Alzheimer’s  (By Lisa Rapaport, Reuters, May 21, 2015)

(Reuters Health) – While memory loss is thought to be a classical first sign of Alzheimer’s disease, some middle-aged people and younger seniors may initially experience different cognitive problems such as trouble with language or problem solving, a large U.S. study suggests.

Researchers reviewed data on early symptoms for almost 8,000 Alzheimer’s patients and found one in four people under age 60 had a chief complaint unrelated to memory, though memory was by far still the most common problem overall.

“Non-memory first cognitive symptoms were more common in younger Alzheimer’s disease patients,” lead study author Josephine Barnes, a researcher at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, said by email. “Tests which explore and investigate these non-memory cognitive problems should be used so that non-memory deficits are not overlooked.”

Alzheimer’s is a brain disorder than gradually destroys memory and thinking skills and eventually leaves people unable to carry out simple tasks like dressing or eating. The disease is the most common cause of dementia among older adults, and afflicts more than 5 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Inside the brain, Alzheimer’s is associated with abnormal clumps known as amyloid plaques and tangled bundles of fibers, often called tau or tangles. Scientists suspect that the damage begins in the hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in memory.

Barnes and colleagues reviewed neurological test results from a large U.S. database of Alzheimer’s patients to see whether the early symptoms people reported differed by age.

On average, patients were 75 years old when they first sought treatment for Alzheimer’s, though they ranged in age from 36 to 110. Most of them had mild to moderate dementia.

Among the patients who reported cognitive difficulties as their first symptoms, the proportion citing something other than memory shrank with increasing age. One in five patients in their 60s cited difficulties unrelated to memory, but this dropped to one in 10 for people in their 70s.

Because Alzheimer’s can only be definitively diagnosed after death by looking for tangles and plaque on the brain during an autopsy, this study like others exploring the disease runs the risk of including at least some patients who don’t actually have the condition, the authors acknowledge in the journal Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

In addition, it’s possible that because the study drew patients from academic medical centers, it lured more complex cases and might not be representative of a typical Alzheimer’s patient, the authors note.

Understanding how Alzheimer’s symptoms might surface in younger patients is crucial for diagnosing them sooner and starting treatment at a point when it can do the most good, said Dr. Andrew Budson, chief of cognitive and behavioral neurology at the VA Boston Healthcare System and a neurology professor at Boston University.

The best available medicine for the disease can only turn back the clock, reversing symptoms enough to give patients the same abilities they had up to a year earlier, Budson said.

“You can’t slow the clock down, you can just reset it,” Budson said. “It is much better to dial it back to repeat a year in your 60s than in your 80s.”

SOURCE: http://bit.ly/1INu4Y1 Alzheimer’s and Dementia, online April 24, 2015.  http://news.yahoo.com/memory-loss-may-not-always-first-sign-alzheimer-200432236.html 

Watch OneWorld‘s  two-part health literacy program on Alzheimer’s here: This is Alzheimer’s – Part 1: https://youtu.be/jdEi4HmMxzU Yale MD, family members and Assessment specialist explain Alzheimer’s.

Part 2 – Recognizing & Understanding Alzheimer’s – The Role of Caregivers: Health Care professionals and family members share their experiences and provide guidelines:  https://youtu.be/0XY9YE71tjc  

Other Web Resources with Valuable Information about Alzheimer’s/Dementia: 

  • What’s the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease? To answer that question, think first of holding an apple in your hand. You know it’s an apple, but what type is it? McIntosh? Gala? Red Delicious? An apple, you realize, is a category of fruit, but the type is what gives it a distinctive flavor.
  • Think of dementia as the apple and Alzheimer’s as a type of apple, and there’s the answer. Dementia is not a disease but a broad-reaching classification of cognitive decline. Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia; in fact, its’ the most common form. http://www.susquehannastyle.com/May-2015/Committed-to-Memory/
  •  5) Patient Education Center – New diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Experts hope the guidelines will improve diagnosis and foster research. (This section also has educational videos)
  • The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association has published new guidelines for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. This is the first update since the original guidelines were created in 1984. The guidelines include several significant changes. First, they describe three disease stages: asymptomatic (preclinical), thinking difficulties (mild cognitive impairment), and dementia (Alzheimer’s). This is the first formal recognition of what research has suggested for several years now — that Alzheimer’s disease evolves gradually over many years and that physiological changes in the brain occur a decade or more before noticeable symptoms such as memory loss or behavioral changes.
  • http://www.patienteducationcenter.org/articles/new-diagnostic-criteria-for-alzheimers-disease/

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Diabetes Type 2: A Dangerous, Chronic, Debilitating Disease

OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc Presents: A Health Literacy Blog about: Diabetes Type 2: A Dangerous, Chronic, Debilitating Disease

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Type 2 Diabetes Is Not Just a Little Sugar. If not managed effectively it can lead to a number of severe health problems that can greatly affect the quality and longevity of one’s life.  Poorly managed diabetes can lead to loss of digits, limbs and life.

Diabetes can lead to Vascular Dementia.  Recent studies have shown that types 2 diabetes can lead to mini strokes that can also lead to vascular dementia.  Sometimes diabetes goes undiagnosed for many years; by the time an accurate diagnosis has been made much damage has been done to vital organs.  http://www.webmd.com/stroke/vascular-dementia#1

Type 2 Diabetes is a serious disease that affects many major organs in the body including your heart, blood vessels, nerves, eyes and kidneys. Controlling blood sugar levels can help prevent these complications, or at least reduce the severity of the complications presented.  Active control is important.

Although long-term complications of diabetes develop gradually, they can eventually be disabling or even life-threatening.  Some of the potential complications of diabetes include:

  • Heart and blood vessel disease. Diabetes dramatically increases the risk of various cardiovascular problems, including coronary artery disease with chest pain (angina), heart attack, stroke, narrowing of arteries (atherosclerosis) and high blood pressure.
  • Nerve damage (neuropathy). Excess sugar can injure the walls of the tiny blood vessels (capillaries) that nourish your nerves, especially in the legs. This can cause tingling, numbness, burning or pain that usually begins at the tips of the toes or fingers and gradually spreads upward.

For men, erectile dysfunction may be an issue. Because Type 2 Diabetes is being diagnosed in young people, this can be a serious problem for young men. Diabetes is no longer a disease of that affects only the elderly.  There are teenagers with Type 2 Diabetes mostly due to obesity. This is why exercise and nutrition are both very important.   It is always better, and more efficient to prevent than to cure disease.  This statement should not be confused with Type 1 Diabetes which affects young children and can run in families.

In Type 1 Diabetes, the body makes very little or no Insulin because the cells in the Pancreas required to make Insulin have been destroyed.  Type 1 Diabetes is usually diagnosed in children and young adults, and was previously known as juvenile diabetes.  Learn more about Type 1 Diabetes here: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/117739-overview  and also here: http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/type-1/

  • Kidney damage (nephropathy). The kidneys contain millions of tiny blood vessel clusters that filter waste from your blood. Diabetes can damage this delicate filtering system. Severe damage can lead to kidney failure or irreversible end-stage kidney disease, which often eventually requires dialysis or a kidney transplant.
  •  Eye damage. Diabetes can damage the blood vessels of the retina (diabetic retinopathy), potentially leading to blindness. Diabetes also increases the risk of other serious vision conditions, such as cataracts and glaucoma.
  • Foot damage. Nerve damage in the feet or poor blood flow to the feet increases the risk of various foot complications. Left untreated, cuts and blisters can become serious infections, which may heal poorly. Severe damage might require toe, foot or leg amputation.
  • Hearing impairment. Hearing problems are more common in people with diabetes.
  • Skin conditions. Diabetes may leave you more susceptible to skin problems, including bacterial and fungal infections.
  • Alzheimer’s disease. Type 2 diabetes may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The poorer your blood sugar control, the greater the risk appears to be. The exact connection between these two conditions still remains unclear.

Read more about various aspects of diabetes type 2 at this link: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/type-2-diabetes/basics/complications/con-20031902

 Learn why controlling diabetes is so critically important by visiting the links below:

Controlling diabetes is nothing that should be undertaken by an amateur. Your diabetes treatment should always be supervised by a licensed physician, a nurse or a specially certified diabetes educator. The plan is typically to keep your glucose from extremes of highs and lows. In order to do this many lifestyle changes are necessary.

Controlling what we eat (our diet) is the first plan of attack; we cannot be nonchalant about it.

One very important part of controlling diabetes is eating a proper diet. While it is true that diet, exercise, and medications are always central, proper diet is possibly the most important key. Diabetics must begin the healthy habits now that probably would have helped them avoid becoming diabetics in the first place.

Exercise is always an important part of controlling diabetes.  Exercise is also an important part of maintaining overall good health.  Of course, if you are not someone who have been exercising regularly, please check with your health care professional before starting an exercise program.  Regular exercise might be a moderate to brisk walk 30 mins x 2, daily.

http://healthcareupdates.com/2014/04/28/controlling-diabetes-is-critically-important-to-you/

American Diabetes Association has a wealth of information about all aspects of diabetes.

American Diabetes Association Announces 2015 Facts and figures about Diabetes: www.diabetes.org › … › 2014 – Dec 18, 2014 – The American Diabetes Association’s federal priorities for 2015 include: Federal Funding … Prevention: Primary prevention of type 2 diabetes. 

Diabetes and Health – Inches and Pounds Matter – A OneWorld Diabetes Education forum: https://youtu.be/9YXTb22yPB8  Watch by clicking this link.

Statistics About Diabetes – Diabetes by Race/Ethnicity –  The rates of diagnosed diabetes by race/ethnic background are:

  http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-basics/statistics/

Listen  (in English) and get materials in Spanish at – En Español

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Black Culture Is Not the Problem In America

OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc writes: The recent racial events in various states across the country, starting with the killing of Trayvon Martin by vigilante killer, George Zimmerman, have brought forth an array of theories, some thoughtful insights and some bizarre claims.  This opinion essay published in the New York Times on May 1, 2015, has taken a different and very analytical approach and should be read, maybe more than once.  The entire piece is pasted below; the link to the original article is also there.  To read comments posted to the article in the NY Times, we encourage readers to go to the link.  Professor Connolly puts the entire sequence of events not only in Baltimore, but of what has been happening in America, including the economic, housing, racial policies and practices.

 We particularly like the image that was chosen to accompany the article.  We invite readers to draw their own conclusions about what the image evokes for them.  We find it most  interesting; it is certainly not representative of the types of images chosen –in the past few months –to depict what has been happening in the “hot spots” across the US since the deaths of Martin, Brown, Garner and Rice.  Of course, these are only a few of the black men murdered by police and others.  While there have been much about Freddie Gray’s death (because it was so blatant), there have not been any real rukus about the deaths of John Crawford, 111, and certainly not of 22 year-old Rekia Boyd, killed in March 2012.  She too was shot in the back of the head by a white police officer; although his conduct was deemed to be reckless, he has been cleared!  Read more about that here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-cop-verdict-servin-edit-0423-20150422-story.html What does “black culture” has to do with any of these deaths?

Tanisha Anderson is another black woman murdered by police on Nov. 13, 2014, and nothing happened; she was also restrained in a prone position (like Freddie Gray) and died in police custody.  Read more about the invisible, unarmed, black women who have been murdered by police.  Ms. Anderson was reported by her family to be having mental health issues; she was behaving strangely.  A call to the police was Tanisha Andersona death sentence for her.  The police was supposedly taking her for a mental health evaluation; she ended up dead!  Why? http://oneworldpi.org/blog/archives/2800

Tanisha Anderson was restrained in prone position; death …  Her death was ruled a homicide   www.cleveland.com/. ../tanisha_anderson_was_restraine….

Anderson’s official cause of death was ruled “sudden death associated with physical restraint in a prone position,” according to the medical examiner’s office. Her heart disease and bipolar disorder were considered factors that increased her chance of sudden death, office spokesman Chris Harris said.  Please read professor Connolly’s powerful essay below and please share and discuss it with others. Thank you.

Black Culture Is Not the Problem

By N. D. B. CONNOLLY, MAY 1, 2015

Baltimore’s Troubles Stem from the Continued Profitability of Racism

BALTIMORE — IN the wake of the Michael Brown shooting and subsequent unrest in Ferguson, Mo., commentators noted the absence of black representatives among Ferguson’s elected officials and its police leadership. A Department of Justice report highlighted how Ferguson’s mostly white City Council and its courts spurred on explicitly racist policing, in part to harvest fines from black residents.

Then came Baltimore. The death of Freddie Gray, like those of Eric Garner, John Crawford III, Rekia Boyd and so many other unarmed African-Americans, at first seemed to fit the all-too-familiar template — white cops, black suspect, black corpse.

But unlike New York, Chicago and other cities with white leaders, Baltimore has a black mayor, a black police commissioner and a majority-black City Council. Yet the city still has one of the most stained records of police brutality in recent years.

In the absence of a perceptible “white power structure,” the discussion around Baltimore has quickly turned to one about the failings of black culture. This confuses even those who sympathize with black hardship. When people took to the streets and destroyed property, most observers did not see an understandable social response to apparent state inaction. They saw, in the words of Baltimore’s mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, “thugs,” or in the words of President Obama, “criminals and thugs.”

To be fair, the mayor later expressed regret, and both she and the president have tried to show empathy for the dispossessed. But they are also fighting myths about degenerate black culture. Condemning “criminals” and “thugs” seems to get them away from beliefs about broad black inferiority.

Yet when black people of influence make these arguments, it prevents us from questioning Baltimore the way we questioned Ferguson.

Instead, we lionize people like Toya Graham, the Baltimore mother who went upside the head of her rioting son. Baltimore’s police commissioner, Anthony W. Batts, applauded her, pleading with parents to “take control of your kids.” But the footage certainly affirms violence as the best way to get wayward black people under control.

Moreover, by treating a moment of black-on-black violence as a bright spot, we take our eye off the circumstances that created the event. We forget, for instance, about how officials, in their fear of black youth, issued what witnesses said was a pre-emptive riot-police blockade hemming in students around Mondawmin Mall, where looting erupted.

The problem is not black culture. It is policy and politics, the very things that bind together the history of Ferguson and Baltimore and, for that matter, the rest of America. (Bold emphasis in this paragraph placed by OneWorld)

Specifically, the problem rests on the continued profitability of racism. Freddie Gray’s exposure to lead paint as a child, his suspected participation in the drug trade, and the relative confinement of black unrest to black communities during this week’s riot are all features of a city and a country that still segregate people along racial lines, to the financial enrichment of landlords, corner store merchants and other vendors selling second-rate goods.

The problem originates in a political culture that has long bound black bodies to questions of property. Yes, I’m referring to slavery.

Slavery was not so much a labor system as it was a property regime, with slaves serving not just as workers, but as commodities. Back in the day, people routinely borrowed against other human beings. They took out mortgages on them. As a commodity, the slave had a value that the state was bound to protect.

Now housing and commercial real estate have come to occupy the heart of America’s property regime, replacing slavery. And damage to real estate, far more than damage to ostensibly free black people, tends to evoke swift responses from the state. What we do not prosecute nearly well enough, however, is the daily assault on black people’s lives through the slow, willful destruction of real estate within black communities. The conditions in West Baltimore today are the direct consequence of speculative real estate practices that have long targeted people with few to no options.

On the heels of any ghetto economy based on extraction comes the excessive policing necessary to keep everyone in place. Cities that are starved for income have found ways to raise revenues by way of fines and fees exacted from poor, underemployed African-Americans and migrants of color. These include property taxes and court costs. In Maryland, in particular, these come in lieu of property taxes that many of the state’s largest employers are not required to pay. The dangers of tax burdens and other unseen costs are as deadly to urban households as police brutality or fires set by “thugs.”

In “The Wire,” Lester Freamon understood that following the money took our eyes off the street and up the chain of real political power. We have a right to expect that our administrators will use the bully pulpit to speak about the policies, systems and structures over which they preside.

By avoiding the language of individual failings and degenerate culture, political leaders, black and otherwise, can help us all see the daily violence of poverty. More, they can better use the power they have to do something about it. By calling a nationwide “state of emergency” on the problem of residential segregation, by devising a fairer tax structure, by investing in public space, community policing, tenants’ rights and a government jobs program, our leaders can find a way forward.

D. B. Connolly is an assistant professor of history at Johns Hopkins University and the author of  “A World More Concrete: Real Estate and the Remaking of Jim Crow South Florida.” 

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/01/opinion/black-culture-is-not-the-problem.html?

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A OneWorld Mothers’ Day Tribute to: Ann, Elmar & Gloria

OneWorld Progressive Institute (OneWorld), Inc.      

Presents:

A VERY SPECIAL MOTHERS’ DAY TRIBUTE TO THREE INCREDIBLE WOMEN

MRS ANN LOUTHER, AGE 100 (HAMDEN)

MRS ELMAR RHINEHART, DIED AT AGE 54 (in 1957) (WATERBURY)

MRS. GLORIA WILLIAMS, AGE 89 (HAMDEN)

These women are incredible inspirations of fortitude, determination, wisdom and patience.  They have been marvelous examples for their children and grandchildren, and they are inspirations for us today. They survived and thrived against challenging odds.  Each one is a fortress in her own right.  Let’s learn from them.  Mrs. Rhinehart is no longer with us, but she has left a legacy in her surviving three children and her grandchildren.  

OneWorld’s Civic Engagement television program will share a  profile of one of her sons (Sheldon), and also of Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Louther. Let’s keep in mind the context of the times in which these women were raising their children, and how well they succeeded; the challenges they faced served as reasons to climb and to overcome. Let that be an example for all of us now.  We also extend Mothers’ Day greetings to all the mothers today who are holding steadfast and raising their children well in these times of great negative distractions.

Mrs. Ann Louther, born Ann Claude Gunn,  Sept 17, 1914, in Bainbridge, Georgia.  She was the eldest of 5 children born to Eva Ratley Gunn and Anderson Gunn. Her parents were hardworking people; her father worked on the railroad and her mother took in laundry to help with the bills.  Ann attended school from age 7 until the 7th grade, age 14.  When her father got very ill, she had to leave school to help her mother take in extra laundry so the family could continue to live well and pay their bills.  Ann remembers proudly that her family had more than most  neighboring  families at that time.  Meet Mrs Louther here:  http://youtu.be/bvxOSvdE9qo

All the children worked as soon as they could to help the family financially. She got married very young and went off on her own. She gave birth to two sons: Willie and Charles.  The good days for her youthful marriage did not last long. 

  • Being an industrious young woman, Ann came to Bpt. CT to work for a caring white family.  She lived on the premises; all her needs were met. She sent her entire paycheck– every two weeks– to her mother to care for her sons. 
  • She took parenting very seriously and responsibly; she did not depend on her husband, the children’s father, to provide support. 
  • Of course, those days there were no court-ordered child support. 
  • Even today, when there are court-ordered child support, women still carry the psychological and emotional responsibility of ensuring that their children are fed and cared for.
  • Ann Hall not only survived in CT, she thrived; she broke down color barriers. 
  • She and Aldena Bright (now deceased) were the first black women to integrate Kresge Lunch Counter in New Haven. That was in 1943. 
  • She was chosen because she was always neat, pleasant and very  hard-working. 
  • She chose her friend Aldena to work with her at the front counter serving Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. In the context of the time, this was a smart move on their part; this job served as a stepping-stone to better things.

From those humble days, Ann went on to work for Yale’s President, Kingman Brewster; at his home she met, served and spoke with many celebrities such as George and Barbara Bush, BB King, Jackie Robinson and many others.   She remarried and had two more children.  She has lost 3 of her 4 children.  In July 2014, she sat with her eldest son, Willie, and held his hand as he laid dying; she said the pain was so great she could not cry.
She has no regrets– except the loss of her children; from her vantage point she has had a good life. 

She is most happy that she witnessed the election of President Barack Obama.  She loves him, and never thought she would witness the election of a black president. 

Her advice to young black people in 2015: VOTE in EVERY ELECTION!  Since moving to Bpt, CT from Georgia, she has NEVER MISSED VOTING IN ANY ELECTION, LOCAL, STATE, NATIONAL.  She thinks the vote is the most important freedom black Americans have. 

A Special ODE to Mrs. Elmar Burke Rhinehart; a remarkable woman who was born in Waterbury in 1903. Her husband was born in South Carolina.

Mrs. Elmar Rhinehart lived in Waterbury, CT.  She and her husband, John Quincy Rhinehart, Sr. had 8 children. Her 5th child, Sheldon, was born in Scotch Plains, New Jersey; he grew up in Waterbury.  He is the father of a son and a daughter and has one grand-daughter (Shalia); she is a students at Johnson & Wales University.  See: Living History with Sheldon Rhinehart here https://youtu.be/d-hEz435npk

Elmar Rhinehart stayed home and took care of the family of 10 (8 children). She and her husband were the driving force behind their childrens’ academic success.  All of their 8 children graduated from high school; all except for the eldest, John Quincy, Jr got a college education.

At age 17, John Jr. joined the Salvation Army Scout Troup.  The first black person to have ever done so.  An excellent swimmer, he was said to have drowned.  The family knew that was not what happened, but they were powerless to find any remedy for John’s suspicious death.  History keeps repeating itself when it comes to the death of young, black men. It’s time for a permanent change. Parents today must teach our children and grandchildren how to survive in our bigoted society.   Today’s young black men are very much an endangered specie both from within and from outside of the black community.

The Rhineharts were an incredibly progressive and academically successful family for any period.

 John Rhinehart was the first black person to become a Caster in 1942 at Waterbury Brass.  Because of his wife’s loving support, John Sr. persevered and succeeded.  

1945 was a phenomenal year for the Rhinehart family; 4 children graduated that year:

  • Sheldon Rhinehart graduated from Grammar School
  • Two siblings ( Norris & Arthur) graduated from Crosby High School in Waterbury
  • Oldest sister, Mary Etta Rhinehart was the first black person to have graduated from UConn School of Pharmacy in 1945 with a degree as a pharmacist.
  • In 1949, Sheldon graduated from Crosby High School and entered UConn with academic majors in Chemistry and Physics.
  • Doris Rhinehart graduated Cosby in 1950; attended Waterbury Hospital School of Nursing and got her credentials in 1954; went to work at Backus Hospital in New London.
  • Mrs. Elmar Rhinehart died in 1957; she was only 54 years old. She saw all of her children graduate.  She has left with them a desire for education, a commitment to learning and for being the best they can be.

Mrs. Gloria Williams was born in New Haven on August 7, 1925.  She is an elegant, sophisticated, articulate mother of two and grandmother of two.  At the beautifully preserved age of 89, she line-dances, is active in her church, St Lukes, and enjoys spending time with her family.  She is widowed; her husband of many years, Ernest Williams, was her partner and supporter.

  • Mrs Williams has experienced racism, discrimination, and being passed-over in the work environment. She has taken it all in stride. 
  • She is a very classy lady who wishes that all black students today would be more passionate about education. 
  • She perceives that children are not being as well academically prepared in 2015 as they were when she was a student. 
  • In speaking with Mrs. Williams, her excellent academic preparation is quite evident.
  • She graduated from Hillhouse High School in New Haven in 1942  and then earned a Secretarial Diploma from Stone College (now Stone Business College) in December 1944. 
  • She worked as the Office Manager at Winchester School from 1962 until her retirement in 1990.
  • Mrs. Williams is actively involved in her church community and in the lives of her children and grandchildren.
  • She is delighted with the election of Barack Obama; she considers him a positive representation of black manhood and of the power of a good education.

“The NHPS were more integrated in the 1940s through 60s.” Mrs. Williams says, and  her son’s white teachers came to her house for dinner.  In fact, her son’s white teachers helped to get him into Hopkins Preparatory School, and he thrived there.  “It was a different time in the schools, but the workplace was discriminatory.”  In previous jobs she was not rewarded for the excellent quality of her work; promotions went to white employees she trained. While there was nothing she could do about it, that type of experience depletes one of energy and a desire to do more; after a series of negative experiences, she changed jobs.

Mrs. Williams is 89 years of grace, elegance, commitment to family and to community. She is an excellent role-model and an inspiration for younger black women.   Meet Mrs. Gloria Williams here:  https://youtu.be/cfC7XFOIQQ0

Gloria Williams is an outstanding example of an elegant, mature, confident, woman.  Many of today’s young black women could learn a great deal in emulating her.

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This IS Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week

OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc Presents: This is Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week. There is much adults can do to help children relieve stress.

Of course, we should think of children’s mental health daily. But in our busy world the powers that be have designated one week when we should do something to focus our time and energy on Children’s Mental Health. In 2015 that time is May 3 to May 9. At OneWorld Progressive Institute, Inc we strive to bring the Greater New Haven community information on all essential aspects of health care, including on various aspects of Children’s Mental Health. Of course, we make the information available; we hope that our visitors will read the information  and find it helpful.   Our health literacy television programs air multiple times each week in Southern CT on Comcast Channels 10, 15, 18 and 26, and statewide on Frontier Channel 99.  We are also on Charter Communications Ch. 21, Mon. at 7pm and Fridays at 4pm.  Most often, if we are attentive to issues around us, harm can be prevented. If we are attentive, early intervention can help greatly. Good mental health is essential to well-being at every stage of life. Our pre-teens and adolescents are particularly vulnerable; they need caring and attentive adults to be very actively involved in their lives at all times. What we sometimes dismiss as pre-teen or teenage jitters may be the beginning of something far more serious. We need to ask questions.  We need to provide reassurance to our children that they will be fine. Quite often the problems affecting children are also affecting the entire family; therefore, it is difficult for the adults to see what is happening to the children. Everyone needs a support system; this is where friends and family can play a key role.  If we notice something, we need to tactfully explore and offer help and support.

“There are as many misconceptions about teen depression as there are about teenagers in general. Yes, the teen years are tough, but most teens balance the requisite angst with good friendships, success in school or outside activities, and the development of a strong sense of self.

Occasional bad moods or acting out is to be expected, but depression is something different. Depression can destroy the very essence of a teenager’s personality, causing an overwhelming sense of sadness, despair, or anger.”

http://www.helpguide.org/articles/depression/teen-depression-signs-help.htm

In this our land of plenty, great affluence, and great waste, there are thousands of children who go without some basics; they live in deplorable physical and mental condition; they are abused by many who are entrusted with their care. Sometimes within their own families children are treated as being inconveniences; they are insightful; they know when they are not wanted and they behave accordingly.

Children are sometimes taken out of homes where they have been neglected and placed in foster homes where they are abused. In some foster homes children are a source of income; nothing more. There is no love or sincere caring; psychological evaluation is Pro Forma. The system of mental health care for poor children, for some immigrant, and for some children of color, leaves much to be desired. Why is that? Children’s Mental Health is not something that immediately comes to mind for many. Of course, we react with horror when we read about the child who has been found dead; the child who was molested and abused and ran away at age 12.

Being A Girl In CT’s Juvenile Justice System – Read the article linked below. This story highlights some of the problem in America’s JJ System. http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2015/04/26/richard_ross_photographs_girls_in_the_juvenile_justice_system_in_his_book.html

Most likely that child had been abused all of his her young life. The running away happened at age 12 because it was only then that the child figured out how to run away. We only need to look as far as our Juvenile Justice system to see how badly we treat children and why we have so many children with poor mental health. Look around you this week; how many children do you see hanging out late; they don’t seem to go in for dinner. Say hello, but above all make sure that your own children know that they can come and talk to you about any issues of concern they have.  OneWorld’s Teen Center has a number of positive suggestions for young people:  http://www.oneworldpi.org/teen_center.html  

https://youtu.be/R1muw9UTBzg Profiling Clifford Beers Clinic – Mental Health for Children in Greater New Haven, CT

CDC – Child Development, Children’s Mental Health.

Mental health in childhood means reaching developmental and emotional milestones, and learning healthy social skills and how to cope when there are problems. Mentally healthy children have a positive quality of life and can function well at home, in school, and in their communities.

What are childhood mental disorders? The CDC information below is helpful.

The term childhood mental disorder means all mental disorders that can be diagnosed and begin in childhood. Mental disorders among children are described as serious changes in the way children typically learn, behave, or handle their emotions.
Some examples of childhood mental disorders are:

http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/mentalhealth.html

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