In Obesity and Prejudice,
I discuss our need to avoid stigmatizing
people who are obese and focusing instead on
health and wellness.
In Senior Preparedness, I offer tips
to plan for and cope with unanticipated
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early education nonprofit organization that
pairs caring adults with underserved
preschoolers in year long one-to-one
mentoring relationships. Visit www.jstart.org
to learn more about Jumpstart,
initiatives - such as Playdate With A
Purpose, Read for the Record, and
events like Scribbles to
Novels on April 29th, where authors
William D. Cohan, Christina Baker Kline, Amy
Sedaris, and Jonathan Tropper joined us to
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Obesity and Prejudice
Public attitudes about fat tend to be
judgmental. Worse, stigmatizing people who
are obese is commonplace, potentially
emotional, and even economic harm. The
National Association to Advance
Fat Acceptance, an advocacy organization
established in 1969, maintains archives of
stories from people who charge job loss or
lack of promotions to negative attitudes
Stigmatization facilitates the belief that
something is inherently wrong with people who
are large. Negative attitudes and judgment
increase the likelihood that people who are
obese will be ostracized. Additionally, many
people attribute negative personality
characteristics to those who are
obese. Such attitudes are not based in fact,
do considerable harm. Judgmental,
prejudicial attitudes are ineffective in
promoting change and, more importantly, are
disrespectful to the person. Instead of
targeting people who are
obese, our focus needs to be on connecting
with one another as human beings, encouraging
and wellness for everyone.
TODAY Show (NBC)
Please check my website,
for the most current updates.
Bloom Talk Radio
May 6th: 3:00PM: Topic: Keeping Your
Interesting, with Barbara Scala.
The 6th New York Spa Alliance Symposium
May 10th: 3 - 3:40PM: Speaker, Living
Life to its Fullest.
The Hilton at Rye Town, Rye Brook, NY.
WKTU-FM Radio Interview on KTU Cares
May 16th: 9-9:30AM: Jumpstart's Playdate
with a Purpose and the Issue of Early
KTU airs on Sunday mornings and focuses
specifically on issues impacting the NY
community. Please see www.KTU.com for
Moffly Media's Women In Business
May 20th: 5:30 -8:30PM: Finding The
The Dolce Norwalk Conference Center.
For tickets, go to www.mofflymedia.com or
contact Caroline Coursen at 203-571-1631.
Read Dr. Atkins' article for Glamour
April/May: Easy Ways to Take 'Me' Time.
Read Dr. Atkins' chapter, "Therapeutic
Issues with Recipients of Cochlear Implants,"
in the new text, Psychotherapy With Deaf
Clients From Diverse Groups, Second Edition.
Edited by Irene Leigh, and published by
Gallaudet University Press.
Read Dr. Atkins' chapter, "Family
Involvement and Counseling in Serving
Children Who Possess Impaired Hearing,"
in the new text, Introduction
to Aural Rehabilitation.
Edited by Raymond H. Hull, and published by
See Making the Case for Family
Dinners, at iVillage.com: http://www.ivillage.com/making-case-
Also see Googling Patients: Should
Psychiatrists Research Cases Online? at http://www.politicsdaily.com/2010/04/18/googling-patients-should-psychiatrists-research-cases-online/
A Good Daily Habit
Leave Your Shoes at the Front Door
Why not consider removing your shoes at the
front door every time you come home? An
obvious benefit is that you will avoid
tracking in dust and dirt into your home. A
less obvious benefit, however, is marking the
transition from the outside world into your
home and refuge. As you get into the habit
of leaving your shoes at the door, you can
transition from leaving the chaos of the day
and entering what will hopefully be the
sanctuary in your home.
|Sanity SaversTM TIPS
Tips For Planning
We do not age overnight. We get older over
time, and this allows us to plan for later
years. Even if you are a young 80, there are
still certain things to plan for, so why not
begin when you still have some control over what
happens to you?
Here are some tips to get you started:
Decide Where You Want To Be - Would
you like to stay in your home, or move
elsewhere? What kind of help (and living
arrangements) do you need to consider? Weigh
the options, consult with family and friends,
and do research. If staying in home, what
will you need to do to adapt your house for
future needs? Begin to plan accordingly.
Identify People To Help You - Who will
you enlist to care about you and look after
you regarding health, finance,
transportation, nutrition, and housekeeping
as you get older? Discuss scenarios with
family members, friends, neighbors, and
professionals in the aging field to form a
plan and structure.
Protect Against Loneliness - Think
about ways to keep from feeling lonely,
isolated, and cut off. Investigate programs
at senior centers, community organizations,
local adult education programs, exercise
facilities, churches, synagogues and temples.
Are they nearby? Engage with peers and
others who can offer emotional and practical
Maintain an Active Mind - Consider
ways to participate in activities that are
intellectually engaging. Look for concerts,
art classes, reading groups, or community
center events in your area.
Have Backup Plans - What is your
emergency plan if something catastrophic
happens to your partner? Have you cleared
out the extra room in back in the event that
you need a caregiver to move in within a few
days' notice? Do you have information a home
food delivery service in case you are unable to
go shopping? Do you understand what your
insurance will cover regarding care and/or
Maintaining your independence and doing it
your way is the key to graceful aging and
managing through unexpected crisis.
"Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you
don't mind, it doesn't matter."
DALE V. ATKINS Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist,
lecturer and commentator in the media who
on the Today show.
She has more than twenty-
years of experience and focuses on living a
life, parenting, aging well, managing stress,
work transitions, family connections and healthy
Dr. Atkins is the author
and/or co-editor of several books including:
Their Private Thoughts about their Private
Families and their Hearing-Impaired
OK, You're My Parents
Let Go of Anger and Create a Relationship that
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