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Dr. James "Chip" Long

James “Chip” Long, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist at a regional hospital in central Arkansas, where he provide services primarily to older adults and those who assist with their care needs. Dr. Long earned his doctorate in counseling psychology at Texas A & M University, where he first became interested in working with older adults through clinical experiences at nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. His efforts to help individuals through the aging process have consisted of not only clinical work but also public outreach and educational presentations. As a continuation of these efforts, Dr. Long has developed this blog as a means of answering your questions about aging, as well as emphasize strategies to help navigate many of the challenges that are inherent as we all grow older.

Posts by Dr. James "Chip" Long:

Understanding Early-Onset Dementia

Women’s basketball coach Pat Summit recently announced she had been diagnosed with early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, at the age of 59. She is a legend at the University of Tennessee where she has coached for the last 37 seasons and has amassed more wins than anyone else in college basketball history. For many, Summit’s announcement …[Read More]

Maintaining Healthy Lifestyles As We Age

Research has shown time and time again that regular exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This message has been picked up and popularized by almost every media outlet in the world today. You see it on television, hear it on the radio, and read it in the daily newspaper. What is …[Read More]

Avoiding the Post-Holiday Crash

All the presents have been opened, the New Year’s resolutions have been made, and many are in the process of settling back into the daily grind of a work routine. The holiday season is often the busiest time of the year, and can pass by so quickly that it is over before you know it. So much energy and anticipation is involved in the holidays that it is not unusual to experience a small letdown after the celebrations are over.

Stress in Older Adults

For the past week, psychologists writing for this blog have talked about the 2010 Stress in America survey, which provides a glimpse into how different groups experience stress and how demographic variables impact stress, as well as the various coping strategies applied to manage stressors. The survey provides a wealth of information on various groups and factors, and there are several points regarding older adults and stress that should be pointed out.

Older adults reported generally lower levels of stress when compared to other age groups.