A Healthy Meal for the Mind

Laying the Foundation for Social and Emotional Awareness

Welcome to A Healthy Meal for the Mind, Golden Apple's ongoing blog designed to educate readers about social, emotional, and physical well-being.

Make a Difference to a Child

By Diane Cummins on July 3, 2023

July 1st kicks off National Make Difference to Children Month, an annual month-long celebration started in 2006 to spotlight the importance of guiding, helping, and supporting children as they grow and navigate the many challenges of life. This month raises awareness about the vulnerabilities children can face without the right people in their lives to guide them. 

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Dementia: Not a Normal Part of Aging, Pt. 3

By Diane Cummins on June 1, 2023

Since June celebrates Alzheimer's & Brain Awareness Month, Golden Apple’s June

blog post will focus on Alzheimer’s dementia and its affects on the brain. Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 60-80% of dementia cases (Alzheimer’s Association). Despite this, the development of Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging.

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By Diane Cummins on May 1, 2023

Ryan White, a child born with hemophilia, was 13 years old when he was diagnosed with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDs. He contracted the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) after receiving a contaminated blood transfusion in December 1984. At that time, little was known about AIDS, and there were few medical therapies available. Ryan’s doctors gave him six months to live. 

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The Dangers of Obesity

By Diane Cummins on April 3, 2023

Obesity is far more than a cosmetic concern. Obesity is a complex disease that occurs when a person develops an excess amount of body fat. Obesity differs from being overweight, which is defined by having a weight that is higher than what is considered healthy for a given height. 

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Dementia: Not a Normal Part of Aging, Pt. 2

By Diane Cummins on March 3, 2023

In part 2 of Golden Apple’s dementia series, we will focus on frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), often referred to as frontotemporal dementia. FTD is the result of damage to neurons in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain. As a result of this damage, people may experience several symptoms, including emotional problems, difficulty communicating, unusual behaviors, difficulty with work, or trouble with walking. 

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Caregiving and the Sandwich Generation

By Diane Cummins on February 1, 2023

What is the "sandwich generation", and why are they so important?

The population trend in the United States can be described as a growing generation of elderly adults who need help with personal care juxtaposed against a generation of spirited, young adults who are struggling to obtain independence and financial security. Who is caught in the middle of these two seemingly opposite points on the generational spectrum? You guessed it - the sandwich generation. 

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Dementia: Not a Normal Part of Aging, Pt. 1

By Diane Cummins on January 3, 2023

We have all heard of dementia, but what, exactly, is it? Do all older adults get dementia? Let's explore the answers to those questions and more in today's post.

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I Never Thought She Would Quit,  Butt She Did: My Mom's Story

By Diane Cummins on December 1, 2022

We live in an era where the dangers of smoking cigarettes are well-known and publicized.  We should be thankful for that because, just a few short decades prior, it was not this way. My mom and dad grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, a time when many people - including doctors - did not believe that there was a link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer. 

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Service Animals

By Diane Cummins on November 3, 2022

Service dogs (SDs), emotional support animals (ESAs), and therapy animals play powerful roles in human health and welfare. What defines a service animal? What defines an emotional support animal? What about therapy animals? These questions will be answered in the following paragraphs.

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Domestic Violence Awareness

By Diane Cummins on October 1, 2022

In 1989, October was first declared as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. October is a time to acknowledge those who have survived domestic abuse and ensure that they have a voice. As such, it would be remiss of me not to discuss this sensitive topic.

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