Author Archives: Elizabeth Sukys-Rice

The 90+ Study (part I)

What is revealed by the “Oldest Old” By Elizabeth Sukys-Rice Getting old is a fascinating thing. the older you get, the older you want to get. – Ralph Waldo Emerson The 90+ Study was initiated in 2003 to study the oldest-old, the fastest growing age group in the United States.  The 90+ Study is one of the largest […]

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March 10th, Worth Talking About

What is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day? National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual, nationwide observance, led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). Every year on March 10 — and throughout the month of March — local, state, federal, and national […]

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Thinking Errors

Thinking errors, commonly known as cognitive distortions, are irrational beliefs that contribute to uncomfortable emotions and unwanted behavior. Below are some examples of Thinking Errors.  Paying attention to thinking errors can offer the opportunity to be aware of this pattern and change the way we respond in our actions and reactions to situations we face. Ignoring […]

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Common Reactions to Trauma

Long-term reactions to trauma are unique, personal, and often painful. Sometimes the reactions seem random as if they have little to do with the trauma. Other times, they are simply too much. They are vivid, painful, and overwhelming. A step in many trauma interventions involves normalizing these reactions, and showing that a person is not […]

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Healthy Brain Basics

Steps Toward a Better Brain By: Elizabeth Sukys-Rice, LCSW WHERE TO BEGIN There are many things that can affect brain health. Start with one small step in the right direction: ■ Schedule a health screening or physical exam ■ Review your medicines with your health care provider ■ Add one daily serving of vegetables to […]

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Exercise – The New Pill

Improving our Emotional Wellbeing with Exercise By Elizabeth Sukys-Rice, LCSW Recently I read a book by Dr. John Ratey’s titled Spark – Here he provides a simpler and more straightforward interesting findings, facts, and snippets, and pack them into a “1-page cheatsheet”. Here is part one. LESSONS AND HIGHLIGHTS 1. Exercise helps your body utilize […]

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A Dying Well Plan Part IV

By Elizabeth Sukys-Rice ‘‘I sit with her for over an hour while she explores her emotional and spiritual pain.”Palliative Care Social Worker Supporting Roles to Help the Process It can be incredibly emotionally and physically draining caring for an individual who is terminally ill. There is help available and it’s important to allow for individuals […]

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