Collected Blog Series: Well-Being in the Age of COVID-19

by eea | Monday, August 3, 2020 - 3:00 PM

At the beginning of the 2020 coronavirus crisis, we reached out to Johns Hopkins University Press authors – experts in fields of health and wellness – for their advice on how to weather this unprecedented storm. We happily received, read through, and published the submissions that came in, and we welcome you to explore them as well. Topics covered include mental health, the future of international travel, physical wellness, and much more. The entire series, “Wellbeing in the Age of COVID-19,” is free to read via the links below: “Dementia-Aware” Support for Family and Professional Caregivers Through the COVID-19 Pandemic – By Laura Wayman How Will International Travel Change After the Coronavirus Pandemic? – By Charles E. Davis, M.D. The “Hidden Pandemic” - The Psychological Impact of COVID-19 – By George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, ABPP Coping with Behavioral Addictions During COVID-19 – By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH Helping Older Individuals Manage Anxiety and Depression during the COVID-19 Crisis – By ...Read More

Can We Taste The Past?

by may | Monday, July 27, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Antique Cookbook

Published by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (SECC) is an annual, peer-reviewed volume devoted to publishing revised and expanded versions of scholarship first presented at the national and regional meetings of ASECS and its affiliate societies. SECC features articles that chart out new directions for research on eighteenth-century culture and reflects the wide range of disciplinary interests that characterize eighteenth-century studies.

The 2019 volume of Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture includes David S. Shields’ paper What Remains of the Flavors of the Eighteenth Century? , which investigates the history of rare varieties of fruits and vegetables that have remained genetically intact over centuries and across continents. JHU Press is grateful to have been able to ask Mr. Shields about his work researching, restoring, and cultivating these nearly-vanished varietals.

How did this article come about? How did you choose SECC to publish?

At every annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies a scholar is nominated to deliver a plenary lecture on a topic that might interest the broad membership of this multidisciplinary association. It...Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis and COVID-19

by eea | Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 4:00 PM

By Tammi L. Shlotzhauer, M.D. These are alarming times for everyone. If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis, there are some additional concerns. With RA, as well as other autoimmune diseases, your immune system responds differently to triggers in our environment. As yet, we do not know how the new coronavirus will affect your immune system with RA. We do know that RA patients, in general, are at higher risk for infections and complications of infections. In addition, many people with RA are on medications intended to regulate an “overactive” immune system by suppressing it, thereby controlling the symptoms of RA. However, in that process, other important protective parts of the immune system are not functioning normally. This weakening of the immune system makes you at risk for a more severe infection if contracted. You may not consider yourself compromised given that with our effective RA medications, you may be functioning quite normally in this world. In addition, your suppressed immune system is invisible to friends, family, and employers. So, the following represents some advice for the special case of RA in this pandemic. Stay Home as much as possible Because you have a chronic condition and possibly are on immune-suppressing medications,...Read More

How to Successfully Share Coronavirus Information with an Individual with Dementia Symptoms

by eea | Friday, July 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

By Laura Wayman Whether you are a family caregiver or a professional care provider, it is important to remain adaptable with your care approach to successfully manage dementia symptoms and behaviors. A caregiver who is “dementia-aware” is one who remains open to continuing education. Now, in the midst of this coronavirus crisis and all of the challenges it brings to you the caregiver, more than ever this is a time to help the one(s) being cared for by using dementia-aware communication strategies, remaining sensitive to the fact that all of the emotions and feelings remain. Dementia-aware communication has less to do with your words than it has to do with the feelings you project. Let’s first transform our perception of dementia and why it is necessary to change our communication and approach to better connect with the individual with dementia symptoms. Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. What is behind these dementia symptoms? Our brains are always trying to make sense of things, to impose order on all the information we are...Read More

Alcoholism and COVID-19

by eea | Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM

By Michael S. Levy, Ph.D. An alcohol use disorder is often referred to as a chronic relapsing illness. Especially among people who have recently achieved abstinence, it is not uncommon for a person to start drinking again. To avoid a relapse, individuals learn about their triggers, or the things that could lead them to drink again. They learn how to cope with their triggers in healthy ways, or even to avoid them completely when possible. Triggers can include people, places, things, thoughts, and feelings. While reasons for relapse are unique to each person, we have learned much about triggers and some are quite common. The COVID-19 pandemic has created multiple stresses and alterations in all our lives. Unfortunately, many of the changes caused by this pandemic align with some of the well-known triggers that can lead to a relapse. If people can be prepared, the chance of a relapse will be lessened. In this article, I want to share how the COVID-19 pandemic could impact a person’s recovery as well as to offer advice regarding healthy ways to cope with these potential triggers. Disruption of Ongoing Treatment Before even reviewing triggers, due to social distancing guidelines, many therapists have begun...Read More