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Winter Newsletter (866) 903-6000 email: gil@gilgarciatherapist.com www.gilgarciatherapist.com Winter 2007-2008

A Little Help Can Boost Winter Joy for Elderly!
-- Older relatives or neighbors who are frail or ill have special emotional, mental and physical health needs that require extra attention to help them enjoy the holiday season, geriatric specialists say .So, experts at the University of
California, San Diego, offer the following tips:

7 things you should never do at work
From the e-mails we “forget” to return to the voice mails we “never received,” telling little white lies has become a very real part of our workplace routine. For the most part, we get away with it. After all, we tell ourselves, who are we really hurting? Anything beyond the occasional fib, however, and the lines get blurred. To avoid a serious mistakes—and possible career sabotage—stay clear of the following 7 workplace sins:

*If an older family member tires easily or is vulnerable to over-stimulation, limit the activities or length of time that person is included in the festivities. Consider planning a nap time or providing a "quiet room" where an older person can take a break from the noise and confusion. * If there's a get-together at the home of someone with memory impairment or behavioral problems, don't rearrange the furniture. This could cause confusion and anxiety. If the family function is somewhere else, remove slippery throw rugs and other items that could be hazards or barriers to people who have difficulty walking. *Avoid comments that might embarrass someone with short-term memory problems. *Involve everyone in holiday meal preparation, assigning tasks to include the youngest and oldest family members. *Make sure that older people adhere to their regular schedule of medications during the holiday hustle and bustle. *Reach out to older relatives and friends who are alone. Loneliness in older people is associated with major depression and with suicidal thoughts and impulses. *Winter is the most vulnerable time. Making a visit to your neighbor can bring lots of smiles to others and when you drive home in the rear view mirror. 

1. Stealing Whether you think that the company “owes” you things like Post-Its, pens, and other office supplies, or you simply don’t think it is a big deal, you should be sure about that because stealing can not only get you fired, it is illegal and simply wrong. 2. Blaming someone else for your mistake It is dishonest, childish, and tacky— very tacky. Sure, having to admit you made a mistake is embarrassing, but not nearly as embarrassing as it would be to have to admit you lied about it or tried to cover it up. 3. Spreading gossip The more you can avoid doing so, the better off you will be. Try to avoid it. In addition, if you hear it, don’t repeat it. 4. Calling in sick when you are perfectly healthy!…Calling in sick is not only irresponsible and insensitive to the coworkers who have to cover for you, it could also be grounds for firing. Plan time off.

5.Abusing office technology This includes (but is not limited to) spending a significant amount of time on personal phone calls, e-mails, or instant messages, using office time to type and print out the pieces of your screenplay, and using the office printer to make the invites to your holiday party. 6. Involving coworkers in your personal problems If problems at home are distracting you from doing your job, that’s one thing, which you should take up with the boss, your EAP or human resources. But involving your coworkers in your personal problems is distracting and unprofessional. 7. Falsely accusing your boss or coworkers. Too many employees have taken revenge with untrue tales. Later “surprised” when the boss is fired. “I didn’t think they would do that! Then the results are lifelong for everyone. 

The Four Stages of Life
1. You believe in Santa Claus 2. You don’t believe in Santa Claus 3. You are Santa Claus 4. You look like Santa Claus

Gil Garcia, MSW, Therapist
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Winter 2007-2008

Deadly threat in the office
Office workers glued to their computer screens have an increased risk of potentially fatal blood clots, a world-leading New Zealand study has found. The study by Professor Richard Beasley of the Medical Research Institute in Wellington found that 34 percent of patients admitted to hospitals with blood clots had been seated at work for long periods. Painful blood clots can develop in deep veins of the legs of those who are immobile for long periods. The clots can break off and travel to the heart, lungs, or brain, causing chest pain, breathlessness, or even death from a heart attack or stroke. Treatment with blood-thinning drugs can take months. Many risk factors for clots, including smoking, pregnancy, and old age, have been known. But after the death seven years ago of a 28-year-old woman thought to have developed a blood clot during a flight from Australia to Britain, “economy class syndrome” became the fear of long-distance air travelers. It was named because of the cramped immobility imposed in aircraft economy seating, but the more spacious business class was later implicated too. Studies found clots had formed in10 percent of air travelers at high risk of the condition, and one percent of all passengers. In 2003 Professor Beasley’s research group reported the first known case of life-threatening clots associated with prolonged computer use. The man often sat at his computer, at work and at home, for 12 hours a day and sometimes up to 18 hours. He would stay at his screen for up to two hours at a time and sometimes up to six hours. Professor Beasley said that some office workers who developed clots were seated for 14 hours a day. “Some of them were going three to four hours at a time without getting up. These were people in the IT Industry, call-centre people whose jobs really related to them and their computer. The major weakness of the study is that we didn’t have a control group to look at the background prevalence of seating immobility at work in the general population. That was addressed in a second study just completed. The results would be very consistent with what we have found. And we have just started a third study, funded by the Accident Compensation Corporation, looking at the work environment in more detail.” Professor Beasley agreed that deskbound computer users should take frequent “Micro-pauses” from their work to stand up and stretch arms and legs. “The fact that we have put some money into the study suggests there is enough suspicion of a connection for us to want to promote the research.”

New findings on drug use
Chicago Tribune—December 12, 2007 Though fewer 8th, 10th, and 12th graders across the country report illicit drug use, those who do are increasingly turning to prescription drugs, according to a University of Michigan study released Tuesday at the White House. The use of OxyContin, first measured by the researchers in 2002, was slightly higher this year for all three grades. At least one in every 20 high school seniors has tried the narcotic in the past year, researchers found. Wilson Compton, division director at the National Institute on Drug Abuse, said he was troubled by the finding. “Prescription drugs remain at high and very concerning levels,” he said. “We need to do a better job of communicating the risks of these prescription drugs and protecting youth from what can be dangerous in the long run.” The study, “Monitoring the Future,” is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The survey sampled 48,025 students from 403 schools.

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