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February 22, 2021
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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Grief During a Pandemic

February 22, 2021 09:32 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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In the American culture, dealing with loss, especially death, is a theme that few know how to handle. How long do I mourn? Am I allowed to laugh? These are among the questions that arise. There is, of course, no consensus as to what is appropriate. It is hard for mourners to accept that often the direction is dependent on the beliefs of the survivor. [More]

January 21, 2021
by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW

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The Bond Between the Homeless And Their Dogs.

January 21, 2021 09:11 by Ruth Gordon, MA, MSW, LCSW  [About the Author]

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It has been asserted that one of the reasons that many individuals view those who are homeless with disdain is so that the observer can feel better about him/herself. These particular people, with no knowledge of the road that led to homelessness, assume that anyone without a sheltered residence is damaged and “less than”. They, can,(the judges) then, flatter themselves that they are substantial and first-rate. [More]

January 1, 2021
by Tina Arnoldi

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The Financial Impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ Communities

January 1, 2021 08:57 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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COVID-19 has affected all communities in some way, economically, physically,and mentally. New data released by the HRC and PSB research found that “LGBTQ people are more likely to have experienced a cut in work hours, are more likely to feel that their personal finances are in worse shape and are more likely to be taking steps to actively prepare for the virus.” [More]

September 18, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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A New Sense of Normal Helps Us Bounce Back From a Crisis

September 18, 2020 07:10 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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We’re capable of bouncing back from a crisis a lot faster than we might think. A new study being published in the Journal of Applied Psychology found that psychological recovery can happen even when people are still in the midst of a stressful experience. Those high in neuroticism may recover at an even faster rate because they’re better equipped to navigate stress. [More]

August 25, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Aging Affect Memory?

August 25, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study on aging and the brain published in the Journal of Nature Communications looked at the hippocampus region of the brain. “It's commonly accepted that aging negatively impacts most of our cognitive abilities, especially memory,” study author Zachariah M. Reagh told us. “While that is indeed the case, there might be more to the story.” [More]

July 10, 2020
by Tina Arnoldi

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Faith has grown during the pandemic, but will it last?

July 10, 2020 08:06 by Tina Arnoldi  [About the Author]

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Some Americans have a stronger faith as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Experts offer several reasons for this resurgence, including a need for stability, having more time to think about deeper matters, and as a response to an unknown crisis. Once the pandemic is behind us, there are mixed opinions about whether this increase in faith will last. [More]

June 16, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Could Your Neuroticism Or Open Personality Determine Whether You’re At Risk For Developing Dementia?

June 16, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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There are over five million people in the United States today who are living with dementia and 50 million around the globe. By 2050, it’s predicted that nearly 14 million people in the U.S. will have dementia and 152 million worldwide. A new study published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society looked at whether personality traits were associated with a risk of developing cognitive decline in aging. [More]