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John Tamihere is the chairman of the Maori party and heads Te Whānau Waipareira and the National Urban Māori Authority.

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John Tamihere is the chairman of the Maori party and heads Te Whānau Waipareira and the National Urban Māori Authority.

The chairman of the Maori Party, John Tamihere, defends the financing of his political campaigns by his charities.

Charities Services chief executive Natasha Weight said she was investigating Te Whānau Waipareira Trust and the National Urban Māori Authority for their funding, endorsements and loans to two of Tamihere’s political campaigns. Tamihere was the chief executive of both charities.

Charities run by Tamihere officially endorsed his political campaigns and provided him with loans for his campaigns with the Māori Party and to be Mayor of Auckland.

The loans, endorsements and “sponsorship payments” came despite Charities Services warning charities not to support particular political parties.

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In total, nearly $500,000 changed hands in interest-free loans or charitable payouts for Tamihere’s political campaigns. When asked on Wednesday whether any of the loans had been repaid, he said it was a “private matter” on which he would not comment.

But Tamihere says he and the charities have done nothing wrong and criticism of their arrangement is “a success for Maori”. [sic]”.

He says his charities have been more transparent than other charities, which implicitly support political parties. And he says that in a free democracy, charities should be able to support political candidates.

“It is a sad day for democracy in Aotearoa when Maori are demonized for being honest in publicly ensuring that every penny spent goes towards advancing Te Pāti Māori,” he said.

The rules for charitable services state that a charity cannot be created to support political parties and candidates.

John Tamihere was the co-leader of the Maori party in the 2020 elections.

Joel Maxwell / Stuff

John Tamihere was the co-leader of the Maori party in the 2020 elections.

Charities can be created to provide specific community services and, in return, receive tax-exempt charitable status. Political campaigning is not a charitable service, but charities may support specific policies or causes if relevant to their charitable service.

Weight said it was clear “that a charity should not support or oppose any political party or candidate”.

She said charities should not allow political candidates to use their resources or “endorse” a candidate.

Tamihere acknowledged that his charities and Charities Services were in “negotiations” over endorsements and funding.

As well as being the president of Te Pāti Māori, Tamihere is the chief executive of the Te Whānau Waipareira charities and the National Urban Māori Authority. In 2019 he ran for mayor of Auckland and the following year represented Te Pāti Māori as co-leader and in the Tāmaki Makaurau Māori electorate.

The two charities, in annual statements submitted to Charity Services, said they “endorse” Tamihere’s “political aspirations” and provide him with funding.

David White / Stuff

Maori party leader John Tamihere muses about leaving the Labor Party and Winston Peters is a handbrake for Maori.

For both campaigns, Te Whānau Waipareira granted him an interest-free loan of $385,307 with an “on-demand” repayment term. In his 2021 statement, he said a refund had not yet been issued.

In annual filings, the charities that Tamihere leads have clearly described the funding and endorsements they have given to his political aspirations.

Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust Group endorsed Tamihere as managing director to pursue “general elections and political aspirations”.

The National Urban Māori Authority – which uses the senior management services of Te Whānau O Waipareira Trust – has also endorsed its chief executive for his political aspirations.

In the year ended June 30, 2021, he paid $11,862 in “sponsorship payments” to enable him to pursue the 2020 general election and Maori party political aspirations.

In the year ended June 30, 2020, he paid her $70,833 to pursue the 2019 Auckland mayoral election.

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CDCR’s Guide to Native American Spiritual Leaders with a Purpose – https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/cdcrs-guide-to-native-american-spiritual-leaders-with-a-purpose/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 15:12:09 +0000 https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/cdcrs-guide-to-native-american-spiritual-leaders-with-a-purpose/

Native American Day allows applicants to learn about CDCR

As Native American tribes came together to celebrate their shared heritage and culture, CDCR staff were on hand to answer questions about working for the department.

Michael Hermann is one of many spiritual leaders who come from all faiths to guide those incarcerated in a CDCR facility. Hermann is a Native American spiritual leader working at the Sierra Conservation Center. He started at Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI). Between the two institutions, he has worked at the CDCR for eight years. Before being hired full time, he volunteered for a year at Valley State Prison in Chowchilla.

For anyone considering a career as a Native American chaplain/spiritual leader at CDCR, Hermann advises doing the same.

“Before I started going into the facility, the only thing I knew about prisons was from movies or TV,” he said. “The biggest surprise was to find that most of those serving sentences in prison are just people who have made mistakes in life.”

If people volunteer first, it helps them understand the unique culture and needs to provide spiritual guidance in prison settings, he said.

As a spiritual leader, Hermann said his job is to help people get back on what is called the red route.

“Red Road is the term we use in Native American culture to talk about a better life and healthier choices. Sometimes people get off the red road because of bad life decisions and I help get them back on the right track,” he said. “We meet people where they are now, not where they were in the past.”

At the start of the event, Hermann swabbed two CDCR scouts with sage and cedar smoke, an act called smudging.

“It wards off evil spirits and invites in good spirits,” he said.

Soon a small line formed at the booth with others wanting to be smudged.

Recruiters Discuss CDCR Job Opportunities

At the CDCR recruitment booth, Crysta Peele and Corina Zamora answered questions and provided information on career opportunities. Peele is CDCR’s Recruitment and Career Services Section Chief, while Zamora is a Recruitment and Inclusion Analyst.

“We’ve had a good turnout so far,” Zamora said.

Peele said people are surprised to learn that there are a variety of positions available.

“They’re really excited to see that it’s not all guard posts,” she said.

Many other state agencies had recruiting booths at the event, ranging from the California Conservation Corps to CHP and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Open house career event is September 28

CDCR is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, September 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Corporate Information Services (EIS) Campus, 1940 Birkmont Drive in Rancho Cordova. The event will help job seekers learn more about the department, job openings, and how to navigate the state civil service process.

EIS will also offer same-day testing and interviews for IT associates and specialists.

Make a reservation for the open house.


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Loudoun County credits 4-0 start to ‘IHOP season’; Flowers stay focused https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/loudoun-county-credits-4-0-start-to-ihop-season-flowers-stay-focused/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 18:30:00 +0000 https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/loudoun-county-credits-4-0-start-to-ihop-season-flowers-stay-focused/

Loudoun County coach Matt Reidenbaugh laughs when he hears his offensive line described as a “character cast.”

“Yeah, that’s a perfect phrase,” Reidenbaugh said.

The captains will enter Friday’s game against No. 18 Tuscarora with a 4-0 record, thanks in large part to his prosperity in the trenches. The unit’s success comes down to a simple nickname, best represented by its aptly named group cat, “IHOP Season”.

“I mean, our mentality is just to have pancakes,” said senior center Evan Stanley, who said assistant coach Mike Mitchell keeps a “pancake board” that counts how many times the team blocks. a defender on the ground. In four games, the captains have 46 pancakes and senior Stuart McGuinness holds the lead with 20.

For Loudoun County, a rushing attack is not so much a nicety as a necessity, a prerequisite for branding football conducive to chilly post-season evenings. And yet the county’s oldest program – which Reidenbaugh describes as a “sleeping giant” – hasn’t made it past the second round of the playoffs since 2012.

Loudoun County could have the credentials (and personality) to break into Class 4 thanks to the strength of their line. The group includes Stanley, the dancer and broadcaster; McGuinness, the outgoing leader; junior Blaine Colebank, the shortest and funniest; and juniors Chase Kibble and Sammy Holstead, who offer calm prospects.

Linemen are inseparable. They often meet for “date brothers” to take wings. During Saturday morning yoga, two linemen started wearing dresses, and they said it was only a matter of time before it was a line-wide outfit.

“Practicing is great fun – and yes, we take the exercises seriously,” McGuinness said. “But we’re still doing new handshakes, making jokes with our signals; we just make the game more fun… We play very physically, but we’re all just a bunch of jokers.

Flowers keep their eyes on the prize

As the CH Flowers players walked off the field following their 54-7 victory over Bowie on Saturday, their subdued attitude seemed unsuited to a side that had just completed a nearly flawless performance.

While the victory was impressive, September’s dominance lost some of its luster for stalwarts such as four-star defensive back Braydon Lee. What was once a reason to celebrate has become an expectation.

“I think we’ve been a lot colder this season because we realize that, like our coaches told us, we’re the only public school in Maryland that can fight,” Lee said. “Most of our squad from last year [which reached the 4A quarterfinals] is back, and we’ve added some guys from private schools. As long as we continue to play for each other and do the little things, we will have much bigger wins to celebrate in November and December.

The Jaguars (4-0) know some real tests lie ahead, such as an Oct. 7 encounter against perennial championship contender Wise, a team Flowers have never beaten.

In previous seasons, Flowers treated the Wise Game as his state championship. The Jaguars circled the date of the match on their calendar and constantly compared their level of play to that of the Pumas. Lee said that was no longer the case.

“We don’t really think of them that way this season,” Lee said. “And I’m not saying that in a disrespectful way. We know they have dogs and they have an amazing team, but so do we. There will be a lot of hype and chatter before that one, but the goal of our season isn’t to beat them, it’s to win a state championship. But obviously, if we can beat them on the way to a [championship]that would be really cool too.

Todd Lattimore Jr., North: The senior quarterback threw for 307 yards and had three touchdowns as the Patriots outscored St. Charles in a battle of undefeated Southern Maryland Athletic Conference teams.

For high school QBs, the learning manual is a new form of summer school

Joshua Narh, Duval: The senior utility player had 119 yards and two touchdowns on five carries as the Tigers beat Northwestern, 62-0, to extend their winning streak to three games.

Jordan Dennis, South County: The junior quarterback returned from an injury that sidelined the Stallions’ Sept. 16 loss and threw for 241 yards and five touchdowns in a 61-6 rout of Justice.

Roman Jensen, Maret: The junior quarterback threw for 237 yards and five touchdowns in the Frogs’ 40-7 win over Severn.

Bell to Coolidge, Friday, 6 p.m.

Quince orchard in Seneca ValleyFriday 6:30 a.m.

Wide Run at Stone Bridge, Friday, 7 p.m.

Bishop Spalding to Pallotti, Friday, 7 p.m.

Flint Hill picks up first win in three years

As the Flint Hill players sprinted and jumped onto the Collegiate School field Friday night, running back Andrew King found coach Kirk Peterson near the sideline. There they hugged and cried for about two minutes.

King and Peterson had envisioned their first win with Flint Hill since August 2021. After 11 losses, their vision came true in Flint Hill’s 37-28 triumph at Richmond. It was Oakton Private School’s first win since November 2019 and ended a 13-game losing streak.

“I haven’t been this happy in a long time,” said King, who rushed for 215 yards and two touchdowns. “We just let all our emotions out. When I hugged Coach P, it was like, ‘Man, we really did it. It really is the start of a new journey in Flint Hill. ”

King was desperate after Flint Hill’s nine losses last season. Although the junior was also disappointed after the Huskies’ first pair of losses this month, the optimism remained. After Flint Hill (1-2) added talent in the offseason, King thought the Huskies were close to a win.

The Flint Hill players preached belief throughout practice last week, and they shouted that word from the sidelines on Friday. Afterwards, the players returned to their locker room to dance to hip-hop music for the first time after a game.

“It really took me a minute to process it because I hadn’t felt like winning a football game in a very long time,” King said. “It’s a moment I will never forget.”

Poolesville goes on a rollercoaster ride to 4-0

Late Friday night, the Poolesville Falcons gathered for a photo on the field they had just defended. Still covered in sweat and grass, they posed together with four fingers in the air.

For four weeks of the high school football season, Poolesville is 4-0. It’s the first time the program has had such a start since 2005, and the road to such a record has been a roller coaster ride.

On Friday, the Falcons won their second overtime game of the season by beating Rockville, 22-21. The night began with a series of unfortunate events as the Falcons derailed an otherwise effective offense with three turnovers in the first half. They trailed the Rams 15-0 at the break.

“At halftime I told them we were moving the ball well, we just had to clean things up,” Falcons coach Tony Nazzaro said. “And then we opened the second half with a fumble.”

The third quarter brought salvation to Poolesville. He put up 15 points to tie the game, and that score lasted until the end of regulation. Rockville scored first in overtime but fell short on a two-point conversion. Poolesville responded with a touchdown and won the game on a successful extra run.

“And it’s not a given at this level,” Nazzaro said. “I give credit to our holder who managed a snap a little high. Everyone did. »

That seems to be the theme of this Poolesville team: to make it possible. Even though the Falcons are keeping a wide-angle lens this season, Nazzaro has focused on enjoying every win. As the program well knows, it is difficult to do this so often.

“At the end of the day, they’re high school kids,” Nazzaro said. “I want them to enjoy everything.”

]]> The UHV Counseling Center helps students in various ways | Readers’ stories https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/the-uhv-counseling-center-helps-students-in-various-ways-readers-stories/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 19:07:00 +0000 https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/the-uhv-counseling-center-helps-students-in-various-ways-readers-stories/

For many students, navigating through life, higher education, careers, and adulthood can be overwhelming at times. It’s something that Hannah Hayward, health educator at the University of Houston-Victoria Counseling Center, wants students to know they don’t have to struggle with these overwhelming feelings and thoughts on their own.

“Going to college, for some, is part of finding out who you are and figuring out the next steps of who you’re trying to become,” Hayward said. “Students here can do that and they have access to free advice to help them navigate these changes.”

The UHV Counseling Center offers a variety of ways for students to receive counseling services and learn about health and wellness topics. The center offers free and confidential individual, couple and group therapy services to all enrolled students, including graduate students and those taking courses at the UHV Katy teaching site. Students also do not need to live on campus to receive counseling and can choose to meet in person or schedule a virtual session with a member of staff. To schedule a therapy appointment with a counselor, students can email counselingcenter@uhv.edu or visit the center in person located at University Commons, Student Services Suite 2108.

“I recently read a study that found that one-third of college students experience some form of significant anxiety or depression,” said Michael Wilkinson, senior director of student services and legal affairs at UHV and director of the Counseling Center. “This statistic speaks for itself. Our students face a wide range of difficult challenges. It’s our job at the Counseling Center to help break down barriers that can get in the way of student success. In my opinion, focusing on mental health is one of the best gifts an individual can give themselves. I encourage students to be brave and determined to improve their own mental health while at UHV.

Although traditional counseling services are available, the center also offers online therapy assistance, also known as TAO. This online self-help tool and confidential service is available to help students at their own pace and does not involve speaking to an advisor. Students can listen and explore self-help techniques such as mindfulness exercises to help manage stress and anxiety.

The center hosts educational events throughout the year for students that focus on physical, mental, and sexual health and other related topics such as substance abuse.

Some events, such as Tuesday’s “Let Talk About: Healthy Relationships” and the upcoming Clothesline Project, where students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to help raise awareness about domestic violence, are being co-hosted with community resources such as Mid-Coast Family Services, so that students have information about the services available to them in the Victoria area. The Clothesline Project is scheduled for 2-4 p.m. on September 27, and UHV students, faculty and staff are invited to decorate and write a positive message on a t-shirt for survivors of domestic violence. The shirts will be displayed on campus during the month of October.

In October, the center will host events where students can learn about their mental health and the issues that affect people around the world. On National Depression Screening Day on October 6, the center will offer virtual screening to students online to answer survey questions about their health. Based on the student’s survey results, Counseling Center staff will check with the student to see if they would like to see a counselor or access other counseling services. On October 10, students can learn about mental health issues around the world at an event celebrating World Mental Health Day from 2-4 p.m. in the UHV University Commons lobby.

In addition to educational presentations, the center also hosts events, including Walk With Us Wednesdays. During the months of September, October, and November, students, faculty, and staff are invited to meet at the jaX statue on a Wednesday. out of two on campus for a walk around the jaX track. Different times are offered for each event, so university students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check the UHV or JagSync calendar for start times.

The Light Up the Night: Glow 5K, an event to help raise awareness about domestic violence, will take place from 6-10 p.m. on October 20 from Pyramid Row. The university is partnering with Victoria College for the event, and all students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend. Organizations involved in helping victims of domestic violence, including organizations that help male victims, are invited to join the event to help spread the information. To participate in the event, contact Hayward at haywardhf@uhv.edu.

Kai Martinez, a junior biology student and president of the UHV Student Government Association, is grateful for the counseling services and educational events held on campus. She appreciates that the university has a center that offers so many different ways to help students, especially after graduating from high school where counseling services were limited.

Martinez enjoys using TAO so she can learn mindfulness techniques at her own pace. As a student leader on campus, she actively encourages students – especially young males on campus – to take advantage of the counseling services offered at UHV. Even for students who feel shy or intimidated about talking to an advisor, confidential services like TAO are still available to students.

“There’s nothing wrong with asking for help and talking to a counsellor. It doesn’t define you in any way to take care of yourself,” Martinez said. “Even if you’re not ready to talk to a counselor yet, they’re there for you when you’re ready.”

The UHV Counseling Center is available to all UHV students. To learn more about the center and its services, visit uhv.edu/counseling.

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Check it out: cake molds and other unexpected loans from the library https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/check-it-out-cake-molds-and-other-unexpected-loans-from-the-library/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/check-it-out-cake-molds-and-other-unexpected-loans-from-the-library/

By Jessica Hermiller
Director of Bluffton Public Library

September marks a special month in libraries – it’s the National Library’s pay-per-view month.

Anyone can benefit from a library card and registration is simple. Adults, go to the library and bring photo ID and proof of address. Anyone under the age of 18, bring a parent/guardian and make sure they have their photo ID and proof of address.

When you have a library card, you can view our extensive collection of materials! We offer books (of course) but many other things, such as:

Audio books (books on CD, MP3 or digital player)

BluRays and DVDs

Comics and graphic novels

Magazines and newspapers

Music

Having a library card also opens up possibilities outside of the library. You can use your card at home or on the go and enjoy a variety of databases, access to the Ohio Digital Library (eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and comics), and services such as language applications. Still can not find what you are looking for ? We can borrow the article from another library.

Each library has its own collection of materials, but it may also have its own collection of unique items, some of which may be requested and some of which may be reserved for local members (depending on whether they are safe to ship). Cake pans, Ellison cutouts, book club kits and video games are common requests.

When you search the library catalog, if you use the term [realia] in the search bar you will see a variety of options – you can also use a search term for a specific item, such as cake pans, games consoles or kits. A few libraries have collections of toys and games for their local patrons, some have educational kits for classrooms and one even has a light therapy lamp! Our library has a special collection of video games, big books, one-off comic book issues, early learning kits, and Ellison cutouts.

Be sure to drop by the library in September (or any other month) and sign up for a library card. By using our library services, you are helping our community grow, learn and create – we hope to see you soon.

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The state of education, loans and more…see what’s happening in the Allen community | American Allen https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/the-state-of-education-loans-and-more-see-whats-happening-in-the-allen-community-american-allen/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 14:44:00 +0000 https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/the-state-of-education-loans-and-more-see-whats-happening-in-the-allen-community-american-allen/

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“It’s a good thing” | News, Sports, Jobs https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/its-a-good-thing-news-sports-jobs/ Sat, 24 Sep 2022 07:03:13 +0000 https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/its-a-good-thing-news-sports-jobs/

HOUGHTON — Recovery from addiction is a long-term process that continues after treatment ends, staff at U.S. addiction centers said in a Sept. 12 posting titled Addiction, Aftercare Programs, Activities & Support Groups Near Me.

“Aftercare is any type of ongoing care you receive after leaving rehab,” AACS states. “The most common forms are 12-step meetings, outpatient care, counseling and sober living.”

Twelve-Step Programs are powerful peer support groups that help people recover from substance use disorders, behavioral addictions and sometimes other co-occurring mental health issues, the website says. ‘AACS. Twelve-step programs also help people achieve and maintain abstinence from substances. The site says, however, that while the 12-step movement can be a powerful and helpful force for many, some people struggle with what they interpret as a strong religious element of the program. Yet literature publicly available through Alcoholics Anonymous states:

“AA is not affiliated with any sect, denomination, policy, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause. Our main goal is to stay sober and to help other alcoholics get sober.

An October 9, 2020 article published by the editorial staff of the American Addiction Centers titled Religion and AA stated that to nonbelievers it may seem that AA is a deeply religious organization. It promotes the idea of ​​a higher power controlling people’s lives. It also encourages members to adopt a code of conduct that has a definite religious connotation. Alcoholics Anonymous is certainly not anti-religious, but the early members of the group were keen to present themselves as a spiritual program.

Jeff Williams, director of outpatient services at Copper Country Mental Health Services, Houghton, touched on the perceived religious element that many people point to.

“You can’t have a higher power, like going to church,” he said, “but I think the 12-step program is very open to higher powers.”

While the popular myth that AA is a religious program persists, there is no denying that it is effective enough in aiding long-term sobriety to have survived and grown exponentially since its founding in 1935. But there are Are There Real Benefits to 12-Step Programs? ?

Williams said there are absolutely benefits to 12-step programs like AA.

“I think if someone goes to 12 steps, they will get something out of it,” he said. “These are great meetings to just go to.

Williams said people, however, are afraid to go to 12-step meetings, mainly because of the lingering religious perception.

The American Addiction Centers article, in addressing the religious/spiritual debate controversy, does not deny a spiritual element to the program, but is also quick to differentiate what it states is the difference between the two:

“Spirituality generally refers to an inner path that people follow in search of a higher type of power,” indicates the site. “The path they take may be heavily influenced by the religious teachings of the world, but it will be more of a personal journey. It is typical for spiritual seekers to borrow ideas from different belief systems and mix them with their own ideas.

“Religion is less a personal journey than a matter of following an established path. There will usually be the belief that this path is the best, and so other paths should be avoided. A religion will provide rules to be followed and specific teachings that adherents must follow.

A 2006 report published on the Psychiatric Services website stated that there is a positive benefit in spirituality in 12-step programs:

“Physiological research suggests that spirituality may be relevant to the healing of psychiatric disorders.”

The report states that spirituality is a latent construct, which is inferred from several dimensions, such as social psychology, neurophysiology, and treatment outcome research.

Williams suggested that there is more to consider than religion/spirituality debates regarding the effectiveness of AA. These include the support, understanding, compassion and unity of its members.

“There are peers who know what you have been through” he said, “It may not be exactly what you’ve been through, but they know the program — they know the loss, the addiction. There is a lot of help in these meetings.

Recovery, he said, is a very personal thing.

“People talk about ‘I’m recovering'” he said. “Your recovery may be totally different from that of another person who says they are in recovery.”

At the same time, if someone goes to an A.A. meeting, a 12-step meeting, any kind of self-help meeting, other recovery meetings – whatever they are – said, “it’s just that they’re on the way; they think about it. It’s on their radar. So that’s a good thing.



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The surprising link between bedtime and dementia https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/the-surprising-link-between-bedtime-and-dementia/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 22:02:19 +0000 https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/the-surprising-link-between-bedtime-and-dementia/

  • Alzheimer’s disease, a common form of dementia, is one of the top ten leading causes of death in the United States.
  • New research indicates that time spent in bed and bedtime may impact dementia risk.
  • People aged 60-74 are the most affected.
  • Previous research has also highlighted the role of sleep quality in memory and dementia..

Sleep can influence physical and mental health and is linked to illnesses ranging from heart disease and stroke to depression and obesity.

And a new study published on September 21 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society provided new insights into the role of sleep in dementia.

Researchers in China, Sweden and the UK looked at sleep data from 1,982 Chinese with an average age of 70, none of whom had symptoms of dementia at the start of the study.

An average of 3.7 years later, 97 participants (5%) had been diagnosed with dementia according to the criteria of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV).

Those mainly affected were between the ages of 60 and 74. Men were also at higher risk, which contradicts what many other dementia researchers have already found.

“In most studies, women are known to have twice the risk of dementia than men. It is unusual that this study found otherwise,” said Dr. Alex Dimitriu, dual board certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine and founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine and BrainfoodMD.

The study found that longer time spent in bed (TIB) was associated with a significantly increased risk of dementia. Those who stayed in bed for more than 8 hours were much more likely to show cognitive decline on a Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) – a test used to measure cognitive impairment.

So why might older people need to spend more time in bed?

“As we age, we see a fragmentation of sleep states,” sleep specialist and clinical psychologist Dr. Michael Breus told Healthline. This means “we don’t seem to be getting the same type of physically restorative sleep (stages 3/4) as when we were younger.”

As such, “people with poor sleep quality may need more sleep time to compensate,” Dimitriu added.

Other factors may also play a role, explained Dr. Carl W. Bazil, PhD, Caitlin Tynan Doyle, professor of neurology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Depression (for which the elderly are at greatest risk) can make it difficult to sleep, he explained. “But there are also many other medical conditions (such as heart disease or diabetes) and the medications taken for them that can increase fatigue and sleep needs.”

The time at which individuals went to bed has also been highlighted by researchers as a key contributing factor. Early evening hours were considered the riskiest. The research paper stated that “every 1 hour advance to bedtime [before 10 pm] was associated with a 25% increased risk of dementia.

The study authors hypothesized that earlier bedtimes could be driven by a disturbed circadian rhythm.

“The parts of the brain responsible for sleep management begin to change with age. It impacts our circadian rhythm cycles,” said Dr. David Rabin, PhD, neuroscientist, board-certified psychiatrist and co-founder of Apollo Neuro, a wearable stress relief device.

Age-related factors, such as having to use the bathroom more frequently during the night, “also impact our deep, good-quality sleep,” Rabin continued. Cumulative sleep deprivation “leads to a change in brain structures that regulate circadian cycles.”

Other influences could also be at play, Dimitriu said.

“It’s possible that people in the early stages of dementia experience brain fatigue earlier in the day, leading them to want to sleep earlier,” he said. “Sunset is a well-known effect in older people prone to dementia, where they can become confused and disoriented in the evening.”

Limitations of the study to be taken into account

One of the main disadvantages of research is that the TIB does not necessarily reflect the weather. spent sleeping. Sleep duration has been noted by scientists as a crucial factor in cognitive health and dementia risk.

Breus said a longer TIB could indicate an underlying sleep-related issue, such as insomnia, that “could affect this situation and make it worse.”

A recent Canadian study also pointed out that people with insomnia were at a higher risk of memory loss.

Additionally, the BIR does not take into account the quality of a person’s sleep, which is also thought to be important in cognition and dementia. For example, not sleeping deeply enough can have a huge impact on memory (more on that later).

There is one final consideration to keep in mind.

“This study, along with many others like it, are association studies and as such do not show cause and effect,” Bazil explained.

“It is therefore never clear whether the observed association (in this case, short or long periods in bed or time of falling asleep) actually causes dementia, or is indirectly related to it,” he said. added.

A key sign of dementia is memory loss. However, at all stages of life, “we know that quality sleep is necessary for many, if not all, types of memory,” Bazil explained.

So what happens when you are in a state of sleep? When it comes to memory, two main actions occur.

The first is the processing and “storage” of memories.

“Short-term memory is initially stored in the hippocampus when it arrives in the brain, which is the area where information is stored for short-term recall and use,” Rabin explained.

“When we sleep, information from the hippocampus is transmitted to higher cortical structures in the brain, allowing it to become long-term memory and integrate with memories from the past,” he continued.

Rabin revealed that this process is called memory reconsolidation – and is particularly affected by poor REM sleep quality or shorter sleep duration.

Second, sleep is when our brain eliminates harmful toxins that over time can impact memory.

“When the brain is active during the day, it produces a lot of what we call ‘reactive oxygen species,’ or inflammatory waste products,” Rabin said. “When the brain is asleep and able to recover, especially in deep and REM sleep states, [it] detoxifies and eliminates inflammatory waste.

A buildup of toxins ultimately puts additional stress on the brain and prevents it from achieving memory reconsolidation.

“In summary, the quality of sleep, as much as the quantity of sleep, can be important,” Dimitriu said.

This study monitored the onset of dementia in older people – the time in life when its symptoms are most likely to appear.

“Dementias, such as Alzheimer’s disease, often present with symptoms [among people] in your 60s, although an early onset in your 40s or 50s can occur,” Dr. Sandra Petersen, senior vice president of health and wellness at Pegasus Senior Living, told Healthline.

She continued: “Dementia is an ‘umbrella’ term for a group of conditions, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, in which progressive changes occur in the brain.”

Petersen explained that the common signs and symptoms of dementia are:

  • Persistent and pervasive difficulty with memory, cognition, and the ability to perform daily tasks
  • Loss of concentration
  • Inability to pay attention
  • Loss of language skills
  • A decrease in visual perception
  • A loss of problem-solving skills
  • Impaired reasoning and judgment

Dementia risk factors

If this new study (among others) reveals that sleep is a risk factor for dementia, it is not the only player involved.

“Researchers have looked at a number of possible causes of dementia,” Petersen said. “We don’t know for sure, but it’s probably a combination of factors that contributes to [its] development and evolution. »

She revealed that scientists hypothesize that dementia may come from:

  • Inflammation – resulting from poor sleep, poor diet, lack of exercise and other unhealthy habits
  • The appearance of abnormal ‘tau’ proteins in the brain
  • Genetic
  • Untreated and prolonged depression
  • The inability of the brain to properly use insulin

Sleep has long been linked to dementia. Poor sleep is thought to increase the risk, while people with dementia often struggle to get a healthy, restful night’s rest.

This study did not explore some critical aspects of sleep, such as quality. However, it does highlight the link between dementia and BIR and bedtime – things the article noted as “poorly understood” and “rarely explored”, respectively.

More research is needed on how BIR and bedtimes may influence the onset of dementia.

But, until then, the study authors said their findings “suggest that cognitive function should be monitored in older adults who report prolonged time in bed and advanced sleep patterns.”

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Pierre Gasly is focused on returning to peak fitness for the Singapore Grand Prix after being struck down with illness in Italy.

The AlphaTauri pilot was forced to miss Thursday’s media responsibilities at Monza after falling ill, although he was able to return to the cockpit for the weekend.

Gasly was clearly not 100% for the race but was able to battle with Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren before taking advantage of the Australian’s disappearance with engine trouble and finishing eighth.

Drivers were given a two-weekend break to prepare for Singapore after the Russian Grand Prix was cancelled.

With the humidity in Singapore mixed with the bumpy, twisty nature of the Marina Bay circuit and the nearly two-hour duration making the event one of the most strenuous on the calendar, Gasly will need layoffs every day. for preparing.

“I’m going to try to rest, get some sleep and get back into physical shape for this race,” Gasly said. “We know these are very extreme conditions.”

Singapore returns to the calendar for the first time since 2019 following an enforced absence from Covid-19 and Gasly is delighted to return to Asian territory.

“It’s a track that I love…I love this place,” he added.

“I’ve missed this place for the past few years and can’t wait to get there.

“I go there with an open mind. We will do our best, we will prepare in the best way and hopefully we can fight for the top 10 again.”

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Virtual VA tools to support your mental health care https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/virtual-va-tools-to-support-your-mental-health-care/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 20:00:02 +0000 https://thoughtfreemeditation.com/virtual-va-tools-to-support-your-mental-health-care/

Your mental health plays a fundamental role in your overall well-being. It is therefore important to have access to mental health care when and where you need it.

VA offers veterans safe virtual tools for mental health care outside of the traditional office visit. With the VA Video Connect app, you can access your mental health visits from home or any other preferred location. And you can use other VA Mobile apps to complement the treatment and support your personal care.

Virtual visits via VA Video Connect

Talking about mental health can be intimidating. And in-person appointments can create additional challenges for those seeking help. With VA Video Connect, you can connect with your VA mental health providers from the comfort of your home.

VA Video Connect allows veterans to meet with VA vendors through secure video conferencing. If you have a smartphone, tablet or computer with an internet connection, you can use VA Video Connect to attend TeleMental Health appointments wherever you are.

Over 97% of VA mental health outpatient providers have conducted video telehealth visits using VA Video Connect. If you wish, you can invite family members or caregivers to join your video visits. Some AV providers also offer group therapy sessions or other group appointments using the app.

To learn more, visit the VA Video Connect app page.

Annie App for veterans

Annie is a VA courier service that empowers veterans to take an active role in their care, including their mental health. The messages you receive from Annie may include mental health support, such as tips for reducing stress, setting boundaries, and practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques.

For those who need bereavement support, you can subscribe to receive coping strategies, encouragement and educational materials. To learn new stress management strategies, subscribe to receive weekly motivational and skill-building text messages.

To learn more, visit the Annie app page.

PTSD Coach

The PTSD Coach app provides veterans with tools to manage their PTSD symptoms. It also provides resources for family members and caregivers looking to support veterans in their lives who have PTSD.

You can use the app to track symptoms, find information about care and treatment options, complete a PTSD self-assessment, and learn anger management and relaxation techniques.

The app was developed by the VA National Center for PTSD. A clinical psychologist at the center, Dr. Pearl McGee-Vincent, said the PTSD coach supports veterans’ self-care by helping them track their progress and self-manage their symptoms continuously throughout recovery.

To learn more, visit the PTSD Coach app page.

Mindfulness Coach

You can use the Mindfulness Coach app to create a simple and consistent mindfulness practice. Mindfulness can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression and chronic pain. It reduces stress, improves emotional balance and increases self-awareness.

“Mindfulness can be defined as paying attention to a purpose — being in the present with a non-judgmental attitude,” McGee-Vincent said.

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To learn more, visit the Mindfulness Coach app page.

insomnia trainer

Insomnia can make it difficult to function during the day. It causes concentration and mood problems and interferes with work and relationships.

If you have trouble sleeping, the Insomnia Coach app can help. You can use the app to access guided weekly workout plans to track and improve your sleep. You can use the app’s interactive sleep diary feature to track changes and get feedback on your sleep.

To learn more, visit the Insomnia Coach app page.

For many, the stigma surrounding mental health can be a barrier to seeking treatment. VA virtual care tools can reach people who might otherwise not want or be able to seek care.

To learn more about VA virtual care tools and mental health resources, watch the presentation recorded on Facebook Live, VA Tools and Technology for Mental Health Month.

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