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Mental Disorders of Old Age

Age is nothing but a number, so the saying goes. But there are specific changes that our brains undergo as we grow older. Structurally for instance, the brain shrinks otherwise referred to as brain atrophy. In addition, there are chemical changes that accompany the structural changes


Personality refers to a consistent way of thinking, feeling and behaving; these characterise a person’s response to life’s situations. This is a distinctive behaviour pattern helps define a person’s identity. Personality types describe the differences between different individuals and are normal. However, personality disorders are pathological.


High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against the artery walls is high such that it eventually causes health problems, such as heart disease and stroke. The normal blood pressure in an adult ranges from 100-140mmHg systolic to 60-90mmHg diastolic.

How Sleep Helps the Heart

Shortened sleep can increase CRP, or C-reactive protein, which is released with stress and inflammation. "If your CRP is high, it's a risk factor for cardiovascular and heart disease," says Zee. Shortened sleep also interferes with appetite regulation. "So you may end up eating more or eating foods that are less healthy for your heart," Zee says.

CDC Information on Malaria in Kenya

When deciding which drug to use, consider specific itinerary, length of trip, cost of drug, previous adverse reactions to antimalarials, drug allergies, and current medical history.

All travelers should seek medical attention in the event of fever during or after return from travel to areas with malaria.