Telemedicine Keeps the Doctor Away

Telemedicine is a relatively new concept, and in the world of internet, it develops with lightning speed. It’s safe to assume that you’re reading this on either your laptop, tablet or smartphone, right? Whichever one of the three it is, you’re accessing this information online and didn’t have to move much more than a finger….

Open your eyes for Eye Care Awareness Month

Did you know that 80% of blindness can be avoided through prevention or treatment? Eye Care Awareness Month is from 23 September to 18 October this year and this initiative ties in well with our focus on protecting and enhancing your wellness. We want to emphasise that simple eye care measures (like tests) are critical…

Research report men suicide and society

The report Media report – “Men and Suicide: Why it’s a social issue” (PDF) Full report – “Men, Suicide and Society” (PDF) The research results Our research, Men and Suicide: Why it’s a social issue, reveals that: men compare themselves against a ‘gold standard’ which prizes power, control and invincibility; men in mid-life are now part…

Men’s Mental Health: A Silent Crisis

Numerous researchers have recently stated that there is a silent crisis in men’s mental health. This is based on robust evidence that men have high rates of various mental health issues. These include elevated rates of suicide and substance abuse, as well as low rates of mental health service use. Sadly, male gender often intersects…

Recognizing warning signs of Mental Illness?

Most people believe that mental disorders are rare and “happen to someone else.”  In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread.  An estimated 54 million Americans suffer from some form of mental disorder in a given year. Most families are not prepared to cope with learning their loved one has a mental illness. It can…

World habitat day

he United Nations has designated the first Monday of October of every year as World Habitat Day. The theme for World Habitat Day 2 October 2017 is Housing Policies: Affordable Homes. The purpose of World Habitat Day is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities, and on the basic right of all…

The theme of the International Day of Older Persons 2017

“Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society.” This year’s day is about enabling and expanding the contributions of older people in their families, communities and societies at large. It focuses on the pathways that support full and effective participation in old age, in accordance with old persons’…

How to Identify a Substance Abuse Problem

Definition of substance abus – excessive use of a drug (such as alcohol, narcotics, or cocaine) :  use of a drug without medical justification Bridgewater, N.J. (October 4, 2013) – According to PsychCentral, “Often, addicts and alcoholics are the last to know they have a problem, because they cannot see the outward signs of addiction.”…

An App to Detect alzheimer’s

Do you have an iPad or iPhone? An app available on these two devices could detect and track the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more about how Pfizer, a pharmaceutical company, is working with game developer, Akili Interactive Labs, to determine if their “Neuroracer” app can detect early signs of Alzheimer’s or dementia in seemingly healthy senior…

Games for people with Alzheimer’s

Games for people with Alzheimer’s can be low-tech, high-tech, or anything in between. Every care community in the world probably has a Bingo game – and that’s about as low tech as you can get – yet Bingo has been shown to have positive effects when played by Alzheimer’s and other dementia patients. When I…