According to the National Coalition on Mental Health andAging, about 80% of older Americans are in good mental health. However, experts agree that social isolation among our older population can affect their physical health. For information on the topic including intervention, watch this video or find more information on their website.
You’ve heard of activist Cesar Chavez, but do you know about Filipino American hero Larry Itliong? It was actually Itliong who reached out to Chavez about creating a union joining Filipino and Mexican farmworkers, who would later go on strike and change California’s labor history forever.
Anxiety is treatable. This is the takeaway in the movie Angst, produced by IndieFlix and its non-profit arm the IndieFlix Foundation. “People see anxiety as a personal failing rather than a medical condition.” The film features gold medalist Michael Phelps who suffered from anxiety and depression as a young person. “I just didn’t like who I was,” he told a boy in the documentary.
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