Helping Yourself To Overcome Tragedy

When Grandpa Drinks More Than You Do: Senior Citizens And Alcoholism

Alcoholism is on the rise with a 17% increase since 2005. While many may think of heavy drinking as an issue that affects the young, the percentage includes a large number of senior citizens. Alcoholism among the elderly often goes unchecked and can increase risk of death or injury among the aged population. Life Changes Bring Stressors For many seniors, life as they knew it is changing. They may find themselves downsizing from the home they have lived in for years. Days that were once filled with jobs and social interaction are now spent mostly alone and the death of friends, family members, and partners may leave them bereft.  Any one of these changes can cause a sometimes-drinker to turn into something more serious.  Age Related Issues Mask Drinking Doctors and family members often miss signs of alcoholism in the elderly due to symptoms mimicking other common issues such as dementia, memory loss, general slowing down, and even things like depression and anxiety. Alcoholics can also go to great lengths to have excuses for their behavior or inability to focus or fulfill responsibilities.  Drug Interactions This day and age has a pill for everything and many seniors take several a day. Interactions between these drugs and alcohol can cause an increase in the effects of alcohol on the system and lead to more serious issues. Such interactions can lead seniors to drink more without realizing the negative effect drinking is having on them.  Social Drinking Gone Bad Those seniors who crave companionship can fall into the wrong crowd, much like their younger counterparts. They may find themselves spending more...

Signs Your Child Is Being Bullied And How You (The Parent) Can Help

Bullying is anything that is considered aggressive behavior that occurs over time and repeatedly. Bullying can be done by making threats, causing injury both verbally or physically, spreading vicious rumors, or intentionally excluding your child from activities or from a group. Your child may be experiencing one of these things at school, and you may not see the signs that she is being bullied. See below for signs to look for in your child and what you can do to help. ​Warning Signs: Note that your child may not exhibit any of these behaviors, but if you notice even any subtle changes in their behavior, take notice and be sure to talk to your child about bullying. Unexplained Injuries. If your child is coming home from school with bruises, scrapes or black eyes and cannot explain how she got them, or comes home with re-occuring injuries, it could be caused from a bully at school. Lost Or Damaged Possessions. Your child may be bullied if she is coming home with damaged possessions such as a broken electronic device or toy, or her clothing or other personal items such as backpacks, lunch bags and accessories are always getting “lost”. Change In Behavior. Changes include not wanting to go to school all of a sudden or a decrease in grades. Faking illnesses, or a change in eating or sleeping habits, may also point to a problem at school. Mistreating Others. If your child is becoming a bully to her younger siblings, or to younger children in the neighborhood, it may be because she is being bullied herself and she is starting to mimic this behavior....

About Me

After two of my family members passed away in a freak accident, I didn’t know how I was going to go on. The grief seemed to stick with me day after day, and friends started to notice that I didn’t care as much about my normal hobbies. However, my aunt suggested that I take a class on self-help, and so I started attending seminars. You wouldn’t believe how much of a difference it made. Within a few days, I started to cope a little better with my surroundings. It was like someone switched on a light. This blog is all about how to help yourself overcome tragedy.