You At Your Best

June 2017 • Mental Health

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6 | YOU AT YOUR BEST | NWADG.COM/YOUATYOURBEST JUNE - MENTAL HEALTH | SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017 JEA Senior Living is proud to an- nounce the opening of Magnolia Place Alzheimer's Special Care Center. Mag- nolia Place is a part of a family-oriented company with a rich heritage and enduring commitment to serving people living with Alzheimer's and related dementias. JEA's founder, Jerry Erwin, was inspired to de- velop these unique memory care facilities as a result of his own mother's journey with Alzheimer's disease. The specialized care provided at Magnolia Place begins with thoughtful building design and décor. Most impor- tantly, the caring, well-trained, profes- sional staff executes JEA's proven demen- tia-care program, "Meaningful Moments." The Meaningful Moments program is ex- clusive to JEA and is built on a commit- ment to meeting individual resident needs to provide the highest quality of life possi- ble. Magnolia Place Alzheimer's Special Care Center will offer private, and shared living options. Distinctive amenities will include: 24 hour on-site licensed nurs- ing, picturesque courtyards with walking paths, beautifully designed seating areas, and thoughtfully appointed dining rooms to support and nurture our residents. In addition to nurturing residents, the knowl- edgeable staff of Magnolia Place will be available to provide educational resources and facilitate caregiver support groups. About JEA Senior Living JEA Senior Living is a privately owned and operated management and de- velopment company based in Vancouver, Wash. Over the past 30 years, JEA Senior Living has managed, consulted and owned more than 50 care centers. Currently, JEA Senior Living owns and/ or operates 54 facilities in 18 states; Arizona, Califor- nia, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oregon, South Caro- lina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington and London, Ontario Canada. Our mission is to be the leader in providing quality per- sonal services for our residents, while hon- oring the experience of aging. For more information, visit www.jeaseniorliving. com. JEA Senior Living to Open Magnolia Place Alzheimer's Special Care Center in Rogers Staff member/handyman Frank works with Resident Tony to tune up a bicycle. SPECIAL TO NWA DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE For many women, the joy of wel- coming a new baby into the world is enough to overlook all of the sacrifi ces and physical changes they must make and go through while pregnant. While that joy is unrivaled, women dealing with post- partum depression may fi nd their initial weeks or months of motherhood are not how they imagined they would be prior to giving birth. Women suffering from postpartum depression, a mood disorder that affects women after childbirth, often deal with extreme feelings of sadness that interfere with their ability to care for themselves, their families and their new babies. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, there is no single cause of postpartum depression, which is like- ly the result of a combination of factors, some of which are physical and others that are emotional. The NIMH points out that postpartum depression does not result from something a mother does or does not do, but may be traced to hormonal chang- es in a woman's body that occur after giving birth. After childbirth, a woman's estrogen and progesterone levels quickly drop, potentially triggering mood swings. When coupled with the inability to get ad- equate rest that many women experience after childbirth, these hormonal changes can contribute to symptoms of postpartum depression. Recognizing postpartum depres- sion is not always so simple. For example, many women experience feelings of ex- haustion after giving birth, but that does not mean they are suffering from postpar- tum depression. The following are some of the more common symptoms of postpar- tum depression, courtesy of the NIMH. • Feeling sad, hopeless, empty, or overwhelmed • Crying more often than usual or for no apparent reason • Worrying or feeling overly anxious • Feeling moody, irritable or restless • Oversleeping or being unable to sleep even when her baby is asleep • Having trouble concentrating, remembering details and making decisions • Experiencing anger or rage • Losing interest in activities that are usually enjoyable • Suffering from physical aches and pains, including frequent headaches, stomach problems and muscle pain • Eating too little or too much • Withdrawing from or avoiding friends and family • Having trouble bonding or forming an emotional attachment with her baby • Persistently doubting her ability to care for her baby • Thinking about harming herself or her baby While those are common symptoms of postpartum depression, women and their families should recognize that not all womens' experiences with postpartum de- pression will be similar. Only healthcare providers can diagnose postpartum de- pression, and women or their loved ones who suspect the disorder might be affect- ing them or their loved one should consult a physician right away. More information is available at – Metro Creative Services Symptoms of Postpartum Depression

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