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Optimums in Health and Performance
Harry L. Mills, Ph.D. and Joyce Mills, M.S.,M.Ed.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) definition of health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well being. It seems increasingly clear that the naive notion that a germ automatically leads to illness is no longer acceptable, although much of the lay public subscribes to the theory. Today we know that the idea of a single external cause, such as a germ, is oversimplified. The presence of the germ does not always cause the illness. The vulnerability of the person or the host animal is a major factor and that vulnerability is influenced by such factors as immunity and stress levels. So the cause of illness is not quite as simple as we once thought. Workplace-related stress is a growing concern. Preview Wellscripts, our health and well-being BLOG.

The new millennium finds us with ever-increasing workloads, a decreasing workforce, and a climate of rapid change. Employees are being asked to do more than ever before in less time for less money. Job security doesn’t exist anymore, and increasingly jobs themselves are hard to come by. These and other pressures add up to increasing stress and strain being placed on employees, supervisors and leaders alike, which takes a toll on moral and functioning. Companies that take a proactive approach towards minimizing employee’s stress experience reap many rewards. Some workplace stress is inevitable while other sources of workplace stress are avoidable. Stress management in the workplace is about helping employees to better cope with stress. Preview Workscripts, our workplace BLOG.

Most seniors have one or more chronic illnesses and yet our healthcare system is based on an acute care model. One germ and one cure. The doctor and technology are in control and the patient is the passive recipient of pharmacological miracles and technology triumphs. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 70% of all deaths in the US are due to chronic disease and the top four are cardiovascular disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer and COPD. Of those over the age of 65 it is estimated 85% have one or more chronic diseases. If you are a psychologist working with geriatrics you are working in the context of chronic conditions. Geriatric services is no place for the Cartesian myth that the mind and body are separate. Rather clinical success depends on en embodied mind.
There is growing evidence that stress is a major factor in maintaining health and well-being.  Health means more than the absence of illness.  In China and in ancient Greece health was thought of as being in balance with nature.  The vital task was seen as maintaining equilibrium in the face of extensive demands.  Preview Agescripts, our aging BLOG.