Why We Must Push Through Pandemic Fatigue

October 30, 2020

A recent Newsday article passed along this reminder of our not-too-distant past: "During the height of the pandemic, the daily toll of infections, hospitalizations and deaths was grim and [...]

Balancing Life Today Is a Shaky Proposition

October 23, 2020

Fall is here, and with it, many experts are weighing in on the extra precautions older adults should be taking to protect themselves. Not mentioned, as far as I can tell, is one major risk of [...]

Bursting a Bubble of Pandemic Grief

October 16, 2020

Try as we might to grab onto the positive, COVID-19 continues to keep us awake at night and haunt us during the day. It is clear it will be with us for a while. We may think that thoughts of [...]

Pandemic Leaves Marks on Our Dreams and Sense of Mortality

October 9, 2020

Sleep should be a welcome break from the daily grind of life during the pandemic. For many, it has instead become a welcome mat for a world of bizarre, often frightening, pandemic-induced dreams. [...]

Pandemic Progress as a Third Wave Looms

October 2, 2020

As I discussed last week, the news of the day never seems good, and the pileup of such stories takes a toll on our psyche. It can lead to a daily cycle of negative thoughts and emotion-driven [...]

The Sickening Effects of the News Cycle

September 25, 2020

Not only does the daily news never seem good, but the bad news seems to be escalating out of control. It is constantly repeated and, as a result, worsened. I admit it is a pattern I am by no [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Defer Medical Treatment During the Pandemic

September 18, 2020

As reported last week, serious depression has skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a report from the Kaiser Family Foundation, during the past six months, the growth of U.S. [...]

Mental Health Woes Now Tripled in US Since COVID-19 Outbreak

September 11, 2020

As I discussed last week, from the outset of this pandemic, with each day filled with isolation and uncertainty, mental health issues have continued to worsen in this country. According to a Pew [...]

COVID-19 Mental Health Curve Needs Flattening

September 4, 2020

According to projections from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of new cancer cases in the United States between 2010 and the end of 2020 will have gone up about 24% in [...]

Sun Rising on Role of Vitamin D in COVID-19 Fight

August 28, 2020

As a recent front-page Los Angeles Times report reminded us, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck America's second-largest city, its homeless population was viewed as a "time bomb" about to go off. [...]

Shuttered Movie Theaters Scene of Unfolding Cliffhanger

August 21, 2020

As a poor kid trying to find my way — almost too many years ago than I care to count — I was living for a time in Wilson, Oklahoma. Every weekday after elementary school, I would [...]

Wake-Up Call to the Importance of Sleep

August 14, 2020

Just like living in the pandemic, writing about it can take a toll. So, I was happy to find important health-related news to report on that required no reference to COVID-19. It comes in the form [...]