Tag Archives: Mental health

Exercise and Aging – Why They Should Go Hand-in-Hand

A look at further evidence showing just how important exercise is as we age

It’s no surprise that exercise is good for you, and it’s probably something you’ve heard before. But studies are further proving how important exercise is in regard to aging and brain health in middle and old age. With age often comes … Continue reading

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What is Occupational Therapy? An Interview with Julie Groves, Part Two

In part two of our interview with Julie Groves, we talk about the specific services of occupational therapy and how they can benefit families and patients near the end of life

Today SevenPonds is speaking with Julie Groves, owner of the occupational therapy organization Therapy In Your Home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Julie has been working in the field of home care since 1980, including experience in working in … Continue reading

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Mourning a Mother’s End of Life in Kaddish

Allen Ginsberg memorializes his mother's struggle with mental illness in his spiritual masterpiece

When readers discover beat poet Allen Ginsberg, they often first come across the poem “Howl“. The elegiac rhapsody was (in)famous in its time for its explicit language and an ensuing obscenity trial that, ironically, only threw Ginsberg’s work straight into national … Continue reading

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Embracing Death with the Jain Ritual of Santhara

A look at the spiritually liberating Jain ritual of fasting to death at the end of life

For most of us, learning to embrace death is the most difficult challenge of our lives. We all die, whether we want to or not. Many of us may find out more about ourselves in our final moments than we … Continue reading

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What is Guided Imagery? An Interview with Leslie Davenport

Leslie Davenport helps those grieving the loss of a loved one heal through guided imagery programs

Today, SevenPonds speaks with Leslie Davenport. With extensive experience as a modern dancer and psychotherapist, Leslie has combined her passion for the mind-body connection to create guided imagery programs. When explored as a tool for healing, she has found that guided … Continue reading

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Book Review: “Life of Pi” by Yann Martel

A fictional character takes a fantastical journey to deal with loss

Everyone confronts grief differently. We all, consciously or unconsciously, create ways to cope and continue living as we deal with loss. Usually this involves some mixture of employing defense mechanisms, taking solace in escape and eliciting help and comfort from … Continue reading

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