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Aging & Telomeres

Resources

My BP Lab (Blood Pressure)

This 3-week study run by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) measures stress and emotional experiences during your daily life as well as physiological responses like blood pressure and heart rate. 



Seniors' Health

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends and provides tips to live a thriving healthspan. 



Veteran's Benefit's for Seniors

The SVSA lists appeals agents, advocates and eldercare services in many areas of the country. These individuals and providers help senior veterans and their survivors understand veterans benefits available to them.



Suggested Reading

Blackburn, E. H., & Epel, E. (2018). The telomere effect: A revolutionary approach to living younger, healthier, longer. London: Orion Spring.

THE TELOMERE EFFECT reveals how Blackburn and Epel's findings, together with research from colleagues around the world, cumulatively show that sleep quality, exercise, aspects of diet, and even certain chemicals profoundly affect our telomeres, and that chronic stress, negative thoughts, strained relationships, and even the wrong neighborhoods can eat away at them.



Caregiving

Resources

Alzheimer's Association - National Helpline

Staffed by compassionate licensed social workers who are specifically trained in dementia care, AFA’s national toll-free helpline provides support, counsel, educational materials and referrals to local resources.



Caring for the Caregiver

UCSF Health has developed the Caring for the Caregiver program to ensure that providers and staff are emotionally supported through the experience of patient care. Through the Caring for the Caregiver program, UCSF Health hopes to better coordinate support for providers and staff when they are involved in stressful patient care experiences. In addition to already existing resources such as FSAP and Spiritual Care Services, Caring for the Caregiver has established a peer support team to provide one-on-one, emotional first aid for all care team members at UCSF Health. If you are experiencing a normal reaction to a stressful event or outcome (also called “second victim”), we can help.  Our goal is to help care team members understand what normal reactions to stressful events look and feel like, and the resources available to them. The program is available to all health care team members at UCSF Health hospitals and clinic sites.



Family Caregiver Alliance

The mission of Family Caregiver Alliance (FCA) is to improve the quality of life for family caregivers and the people who receive their care. For over 40 years, FCA has provided services to family caregivers of adults with physical and cognitive impairments, such as Parkinson’s, stroke, Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. 



Diet and Nutrition

Resources

Sugar Science

SugarScience is the authoritative source for evidence-based, scientific information about sugar and its impact on health.



UCSF Food Industry Documents Archive

The Food Industry Documents Archive, a brand new collection of over 30,000 documents related to the food industry and its impact on public health.



Suggested Reading

Eat, Drink, and Be Sedentary.

Epel, E., Prather, A. A., Puterman, E., & Tomiyama, A. J. (2018). Handbook of emotions(pp. 684-705) (L. F. Barrett, M. Lewis, & J. M. Haviland-Jones, Authors). New York: The Guilford Press.



Meditation & Mindfulness

Resources

Cultivating Emotional Balance

Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) is an 8-week training that helps participants learn to build healthy emotional boundaries that enable the practice of living an empathic, compassionate life, while avoiding burnout.



East Bay Meditation Center

The East Bay Meditation Center (EBMC) is an independent center located in downtown Oakland, at 285 17th Street at Harrison, just 3 blocks from the 19th Street BART station. They offer meditation training and spiritual teachings from Buddhist and other wisdom traditions, with attention to social action, multiculturalism, and the diverse populations of the East Bay and beyond.  



Esalen

Esalen is a leading center for exploring and realizing human potential through experience, education, and research. We work toward the realization of a more just, creative, and sustainable world, seeking answers to questions unlikely to be explored by traditional universities and religions.



Headspace

Headspace is meditation application compatible with any smart phone. It 's made simple, teaching you life-changing mindfulness skills in just a few minutes a day.



MBSR at Osher Center

Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is an eight-week program that introduces you to mindfulness practice in the form of sitting meditation, body awareness, and mindful movement, modeled by Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD.



Mind and Life Institute

The Mind & Life Institute is a non-profit organization committed to building a scientific understanding of the mind as a way to help reduce suffering and promote human flourishing.



Mindfulness for Teens at Osher Center

Mindfulness is a practice of relating to our present-moment experience with openness, curiosity and kindness. This eight-week class is specially designed to help teens learn powerful mindfulness-based tools to reduce stress, increase health and well-being, and follow through on what is important to them.



Spirit Rock Meditation Center

The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight Meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. They provide silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and Dharma study opportunities for new and experienced students from diverse backgrounds with a willingness to develop their own practice.



Upaya Zen Center

Upaya Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico offers daily Zen meditation, weekly dharma talks, and programs on Buddhist teachings, art, neuroscience, and social engagement. 



Suggested Reading

Kabat-Zinn, J. (1990). Full catastrophe living: Using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness. New York: Dell/Bantam Publishing Company.

Based on Jon Kabat-Zinn’s renowned mindfulness-based stress reduction program, this classic, groundbreaking work—which gave rise to a whole new field in medicine and psychology—shows you how to use medically proven mind-body approaches derived from meditation and yoga to counteract stress, establish greater balance of body and mind, and stimulate well-being and healing.



Kabat-Zinn, J. (2011). Mindfulness for beginners: Reclaiming the present moment and your life. Boulder, CO: Sounds True, Inc.

With Mindfulness for Beginners you are invited to learn how to transform your relationship to the way you think, feel, love, work, and play—and thereby awaken to and embody more completely who you really are.



Susan Kaiser Greenland The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate

The whole-brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child's developing mind, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive.



Susan Kaiser Greenland The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate

The whole-brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child's developing mind, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive.



Obesity and Weight Management

Resources

Obesity Action Center

OAC is a more than 59,000 member-strong National non-profit organization dedicated to giving a voice to the individual affected by the disease of obesity and helping individuals along their journey toward better health through education, advocacy and support.



UCSF Obesity and Weight Management Clinic

The UCSF Weight Management Program offers customized plans to help adult patients achieve and maintain weight loss.



Suggested Reading

Lustig, R. H. (2013).  Fat chance: The bitter truth about sugar. London: Fourth Estate.

Robert Lustig documents the science and the politics that has led to the pandemic of chronic disease over the last 30 years.



Mason, A.E., & Epel, E.S. Stress and obesity (2017)

Eating disorders and obesity: A comprehensive handbook, 3rd Edition. (pp. 421-426). New York, NY: Guilford Press.



Mason, A.E., & Epel, E.S. Stress and obesity (2017)

Eating disorders and obesity: A comprehensive handbook, 3rd Edition. (pp. 421-426). New York, NY: Guilford Press.



Lustig, R. H., Millar, H., & Gershen, C. (2013). The fat chance cookbook: More than 100 recipes ready in under 30 minutes to help you lose the sugar and the weight. Penguin Group.

With more than 100 recipes as well as meal plans, nutritional analyses, shopping lists, and food swaps, he shows us easy ways to drastically reduce sugar and increase fiber to lose weight and regain health – both for ourselves and for our families



Lustig, R. H. (2018).  The hacking of the American mind: The science behind the corporate takeover of our bodies and brains. NY, NY: Avery.

While researching the toxic and addictive properties of sugar for his New York Times bestseller Fat Chance, Robert Lustig made an alarming discovery—our pursuit of happiness is being subverted by a culture of addiction and depression from which we may never recover.



Sleep

Resources

Stanford Sleep Medicine Center

The Stanford Sleep Medicine Center is an internationally renowned sleep center recognized for outstanding patient care and innovative sleep medicine research.



UCSF Sleep Disorders Center

The Sleep Disorders Center offers a comprehensive range of services and treatments for all sleep disorders, including Sleep Apnea, Insomnia, Periodic Leg Movements, Restless Legs Syndrome, Narcolepsy and Snoring.



Stress, Anxiety, & Depression

Resources

24-Hour Crisis Line for Parents

Feeling stressed? Call the TALK Line for support, information, service referrals, or just to connect with someone who will listen. 



First 5 - Family Resource Centers

First 5 provides families of children five and under valuable services through the focus areas of family support, child development, and child health. Find a family resource center near you on their website.



Suggested Reading

Mason, A.E., & Epel, E.S. Stress and obesity (2017).  Eating disorders and obesity: A comprehensive handbook, 3rd Edition. (pp. 421-426). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Drs. Ashley Mason and Elissa Epel discuss the complex relationship between stress, eating behaviors, and obesity. 



Craske, M.G. & Barlow, D.H. (2006). Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry: Workbook (Treatments That Work)

New York: Oxford University Press. 2nd Edition. (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one of the most effective treatments for anxiety. For most people with significant anxiety, working with a cognitive behavioral therapist is also necessary.)

Written by the developers of an empirically supported and effective CBT therapy program for treating GAD, this workbook includes all the information necessary for a client to learn the appropriate skills to combat their excessive worry.



Mason, A.E., & Epel, E.S. Stress and obesity (2017)

Eating disorders and obesity: A comprehensive handbook, 3rd Edition. (pp. 421-426). New York, NY: Guilford Press.



Mason, A.E., & Epel, E.S. Stress and obesity (2017)

Eating disorders and obesity: A comprehensive handbook, 3rd Edition. (pp. 421-426). New York, NY: Guilford Press.



Singer, T. (2010). Stress less: The new science that shows women how to rejuvenate the body and the mind. New York: Hudson Street Press. (DISCLOSURE: Elissa wrote the foreword to this book).

In Stress Less, prominent health and science journalist Thea Singer explores what the new science of stress can tell us about how to turn back the cellular clock.



Susan Kaiser Greenland The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate

The whole-brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child's developing mind, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive.



Susan Kaiser Greenland The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate

The whole-brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child's developing mind, survive everyday parenting struggles, and help your family thrive.



Siegel, D. J., & Bryson, T. P. (2016). The whole-brain child: 12 revolutionary strategies to nurture your child's developing mind. Vancouver, B.C.: Langara College.

In this pioneering, practical book, Daniel J. Siegel, neuropsychiatrist and author of the bestselling Mindsight, and parenting expert Tina Payne Bryson offer a revolutionary approach to child rearing with twelve key strategies that foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children.



Aditi Nerurkar (2015) What a Happy Cell Looks Like

The Atlantic 



Sapolsky, R. (2004). Why zebra's don't get ulcers: An updated guide to stress, stress-related diseases, and coping. New York: Henry Holt & Co. 3rd Edition. (an entertaining bottom line on stress from a world expert).

Combining cutting-edge research with a healthy dose of good humor and practical advice, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more.



Yoga

Resources

Laughter Yoga

This yoga class offer at the Osher Center incorporates deep breathing, stretching, clapping, and laughter exercises to improve well-being and health.