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May 2021 Newsletter

Check out our quarterly newsletter for May 2021!  This is your go-to source for NNDC-IF news. Keep up with our organization’s activities, mental health resources, curated presentations and webinars, as well as opportunities for volunteer work and membership. This newsletter contains articles from various eminent mental health professionals from PAN India who have chosen our platform to share their expertise with us on the impact of unprecedented wave of novel coronavirus in an individual’s mental health.
We hope this version will help to understand the core importance of mental well-being during this COVID phase.

Book Review: 50+ AND HEALTHY: What You Need to Know About Mental Health and Healthy Aging — for You and Your Loved Ones, by Murali Rao, MD

Mental health is a difficult topic for many, and, as we age, we often focus on physical aches and pains and ignore the signs of depression, anxiety, and dementia. Pondering this, I reached out to Dr. Murali Rao as he aims to help strip away the stigma with his informative, no-nonsense guide to mental health in the context of aging, 50+ and Healthy: What You Need to Know About Mental Health and Healthy Aging — for You and Your Loved Ones.

What Do We Mean by Healthy Aging? By Dr. Murali Rao, author, 50+ and Healthy (Book Excerpt)

Research has been undertaken on the existence and the effects of ‘brain reserves’ as well as ‘emotional reserves’ in relation to later-life mental health. The first is still little known, and the starting premise is that — just as some people simply have greater muscular strength throughout their lives than others — brain strength or brain capacity is also different from one person to another. Does this brain reserve help to create or sustain later-life mental health? Stay tuned for more research results.

Episode 183 Developing a Game Plan for Healthy Mental Aging with Dr. Murali Rao

Today on Feminine Roadmap guest Dr. Murali Rao, expert in clinical geriatrics and geriatric psychiatry, talks to us about developing a GAMEPLAN for healthy mental aging. We are living in a time in history where people are living longer and those of us who are part of the sandwich generation find ourselves facing decisions based on the mental decline of our parents and worrying about our own mental aging in the process. Dr. Rao takes on the topic from both perspectives, us as the caregiver and us as the client- navigating the sometimes unclear waters of our parents mental faculties while protecting and preparing our own so that we can eliminate some of the decline that can naturally come as a part of aging. He has created a system, GAMEPLAN, to help us remember the keys to do just that- aid our parents and prepare ourselves. Armed with these practical steps, we can develop an gameplan for healthy aging and age with confidence- strengthening both our bodies and minds in the process.

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50+ And Healthy Examines the Importance of Mental Health as We Age

Dr. Murali Rao, an expert on clinical geriatrics and geriatric psychiatry, addresses the concepts of mental health and mental illnesses in the overarching context of healthy aging in 50+ and Healthy: What You Need to Know About Mental Health and Healthy Aging — for You and Your Loved Ones. This exceptionally strong, evidence-based guide emphasizes the importance of nurturing our mental health as we grow older. Read more of Hinton Magazine’s feature by clicking below!

Global Pandemic: Older Adults Hit Harder Mentally And Physically By Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has taken a serious toll on the mental health of individuals throughout the world, but the elderly population is being disproportionately affected. Older generations are more likely to have underlying conditions, leaving them isolated at home with increased fear over catching the virus. FOX’s Trey Yingst speaks with Murali Rao, MD, Author and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Loyola University Medical Center, on what can be done to support and protect the elderly community amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

Presenting Dr. Rao’s new book, 50+ and Healthy: What You Need to Know About Mental Health and Healthy Aging- for You and Your Loved Ones

50+ and Healthy is an exceptionally strong, evidence-based guide to help facilitate positive mental health. It presents easy-to-understand information on a topic of great importance – healthy aging, mental health, and mental illnesses. This information is prepared by an internationally renowned leader in the field – Professor Murali Rao, MD, FACLP, DLFPA, Professor & Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences at the well-known Loyola University in Chicago.

This text is a wonderful opportunity to know about available resources, practical approaches, and a GAME PLAN(TM) method enabling you to help yourself and your loved ones, of any age, in moments of distress or mental health crisis. The book is for readers of any educational and professional background. There is no technical jargon. With easily presented information and relatable case studies, you can learn a lot in a very short time. Here’s what Dr. Rao covers:

  • Healthy aging and mental health
  • Common mental illnesses, why people get them, how to identify them, and how to manage them
  • Practical approaches for first aid and later interventions
  • Self-care for mental health and successful aging

If you are interested in healthy aging and how to help yourself, your family members, and your friends with mental health, this book is for you. Empower yourself with mental health knowledge today!

All proceeds go to NNDC- India Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization, to help their team promote mental health awareness, breakdown the stigma of mental illness, and provide communities in India and the US with proper mental health education and medical resources.