In his groundbreaking book, Dr. Valentin Bragin, founder of the Stress Relief and Memory Training Center in Brooklyn, NY, offers his practical program for battling depression – the “whole body” disease – in seniors. More realistic and helpful than other depression-management books for elderly people on the market, “Conquering Depression in the Golden Years” is full of specific techniques, starting with sensory systems activation exercises, then addressing attention and memory training and discussing diet modification.
This book is a powerful and extremely useful guide for the elderly and those who love and care for them. Grounded in cutting-edge science, it comes to life based on the author’s actual experiences with helping hundreds of depressed, physically disabled, elderly people.
The goal of “Conquering Depression in the Golden Years” is to educate elderly people and their caregivers about depression – a highly treatable disease. Every organ in the body is affected by depression. Focusing on future prevention as well as initial treatment, the book includes different activities to help sufferers learn the skills necessary to become and remain depression-free.
The author provides information about the symptoms of illness in the elderly, details brain and body involvement in depression, and describes his program of proven techniques. Sensory-motor exercises offer effective, prompt relief from depression by engaging in movement activities, which refocus people’s attention from depressive thoughts and feelings. Multiple repetitions of these simple activities have profound positive effects on our naturally occurring brain reward systems, which are powerful antidotes to feeling depressed.
The simple details about brain and body dysfunctions in depression help readers to understand the nature of the illness and the necessity of taking an active self-help approach. The book goes on to describe precisely how people suffering from depression can change their lifestyle and become active in fighting depression and stress. The special section entitled “The First Aid Kit for Acute Depression Attack" helps develop the skills necessary to manage depressive episodes.
A special message to the elderly person thinking about reading “Conquering Depression in the Golden Years:”
The activities in this book can help you cope with sad and difficult feelings, and find new ways to deal with stress. Little by little and on your own schedule, you can make small changes in your life that will lead you to be free of a depressed state of mind.
As you use Dr. Bragin’s program, the memory of depression fades out as well. The engaging exercises make it easy for you to focus on activities that will inspire you with feelings of accomplishment, mastery, and pleasure. You will find these effective techniques for coping with depression easy to master.
“Conquering Depression in the Golden Years” describes Dr. Bragin's natural approach to depression – the activation of brain and body functions supplemented with medication and life style modifications to create your foundation of wellbeing. This program brings optimism and confidence. If you're feeling depressed, this book offers things you can do, both on your own and with a caregiver, to feel better. In short, “Conquering Depression in the Golden Years” is about hope.