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Stages of Marriage

July 11th, 2014
Summertime is wedding time for thousands of couples. For months, perhaps even a year, you’ve been focused on making your wedding day perfect. Thoughts and conversations have gone into deciding everything from colors for the flowers to ...

Why and How to Teach Grandma to Access the Internet

Why and How to Teach Grandma to Access the InternetThe Internet offers promising new ways to end isolation and loneliness among the senior citizens we love. This is no small thing. Relationships, after all, are at the core of mental and even physical health. The 2004 Australian ...

What Aging Men Want: The Odyssey as a Parable of Male Aging

BOOK REVIEW.
I love stories and myths, and I am pushing 60. So the title of this book, What Aging Men Want, intrigued me. Author John C. Robinson gears his work toward men in their mid-sixties and older. Until men “experience the reality of aging and accept the inevitability of death,” Robinson writes, they will still be at ...

Depression Commonly Strikes Seniors & Other Vital Facts About Depressed Seniors

Depression Commonly Strikes Seniors & Other Vital Facts About Depressed SeniorsThere’s a common belief that depression is a normal part of aging. It’s not. But unfortunately, it is prevalent among the elderly. A 2000 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry ...

Could Antibodies or Hormones Slow Brain Damage from Alzheimer’s?

Could Antibodies or Hormones Slow Brain Damage from Alzheimer's?Scientists have discovered that certain antibodies may help slow the progression of Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Patricia Salinas of University College London, UK, and her team focused on a protein called Dkk1, present in raised levels in the ...

The Cognitive Symptoms of Depression

The Cognitive Symptoms of Depression The cognitive symptoms of depression tend to receive less attention than other symptoms of this difficult illness. Namely, symptoms such as sinking mood, fatigue and loss of interest garner more recognition. Yet cognitive symptoms are quite common. “[They] are actually significantly ...

Dementia and Capgras Syndrome: Handling Behavior and Emotional Fallout

Dementia and Capgras Syndrome: Handling Behavior and Emotional FalloutCapgras Syndrome, also known as Capgras Delusion, is the irrational belief that a familiar person or place has been replaced with an exact duplicate -- an imposter (Ellis, 2001, Hirstein, ...

Pre-Dementia Linked to Ill Health

Pre-Dementia Linked to Ill HealthA large new study is highlighting a link between mild cognitive impairment, physical disability and psychological symptoms such as anxiety. As populations in low and middle-income countries are aging, rates of dementia are rising, say Dr. Robert Stewart of ...

Capgras and Dementia: The Imposter Syndrome

Capgras and Dementia: The Imposter SyndromeAt 3 a.m., wearing pajamas and socks, an 89-year-old man with Lewy Body Dementia was found by a security guard four floors below his apartment. His walker was later found abandoned on the second floor. Agitated ...

Midlife Crises Affecting Men and Families

Midlife Crises Affecting Men and FamiliesStudies show a dip in happiness at midlife across the world, which fortunately is temporary and followed by an upward trend in life satisfaction (The Joy, 2010). Midlife is a time when we are no longer ...

Manopause: Your Guide to Surviving His Changing Life

BOOK REVIEW.
If ever a book were written with a clearly defined purpose, it is Manopause: Your Guide to Surviving His Changing Life. The book, co-authored by Lisa Friedman Bloch and Kathy Kirtland Silverman, is meant as a sort of field guide for wives (and perhaps other female relatives) of middle-aged men who are going through midlife ...

Learning to Live with Charles Bonnet Syndrome

Learning to Live with Charles Bonnet Syndrome “In the evening, I like to watch the news. That’s when my ‘visitors’ most likely appear,” she said with a little laugh, glancing at her daughter. And then back to me: “I know ...

Charles Bonnet Syndrome: The Mind Plays Tricks with Low Vision Patients

Charles Bonnet Syndrome: The Mind Plays Tricks with Low Vision PatientsFried eggs draped over the objects on the desk. Smaller-than-life-sized people in ancient Roman dress streaming out of the television during the morning weather report. Colorful birds flying through the bathroom, roosting on the shower curtain. ...

Brain Fluid Changes Predict Alzheimer’s 10 Years in Advance

Brain Fluid Changes Predict Alzheimer's 10 Years in AdvanceNew signs of future Alzheimer's disease have been identified by researchers at Lund University and Skane University in Sweden. Dr. Peder Buchhave and his team explain that disease-modifying treatments are ...

The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

BOOK REVIEW.
When my grandmother was 74-years-old, she was fired from a job at a hardware store that she’d held for more than 30 years. They fired her because of her bad hearing, a symptom of her age. Her years of experience no longer mattered when she’d guide a customer who asked for a "bolt" to the electricity ...

Reiki’s Use in Dementia Patients and For Their Caregivers

Reiki's Use in Dementia Patients and For Their CaregiversMemory problems. Stress. Confusion. Bizarre behavior. Depression. Anxiety. Caregiver burnout. These challenges all too often occur in the territory of Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD). But what if a gentle “laying on of hands” could give ...

Improving Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Truths & Lies I Told My Father

Improving Alzheimer's and Dementia Care: Truths & Lies I Told My Father A person with dementia can be said to be inhabiting a different world with a different reality than the rest of us. Habilitation Therapy (HT) tells us that they ...

Improving Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: The Eyes Have it

Improving Alzheimer's and Dementia Care: The Eyes Have it Seeing is believing, yes? In our day-to-day world, we believe that what we see around us is pretty much what others with healthy eyes can see. We see a clear glass ...

Improving Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Emotions Rule

Improving Alzheimer's and Dementia Care: Emotions RuleHabilitation Therapy (HT), a comprehensive behavioral approach to caring for people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias (ADRD), is considered to be a best practice by the Alzheimer’s Association (Alzheimer’s Association, 2012). HT is best used ...

Improving Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care: Environmental Impact

Improving Alzheimer's and Dementia Care: Environmental Impact Memory loss is the most well known problem associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias (ADRD). However, the decline in the ability of the brain to process visual information is also profound. Such visual changes are ...

When to Worry About Forgetfulness

When to Worry About ForgetfulnessI’m in my mid-50s, and I forget things. Where did I last lay down my car keys? What did I need at the grocery store, now that I’m standing in its aisles? What day is that important meeting scheduled? What did ...

Habilitation Therapy for Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Habilitation Therapy for Alzheimer's and Dementia CareAccording to Silverman, Flaherty and Tobin (2006), ..."[I]t is a better understanding of the psychology of dementia – how a person thinks, feels, communicates, compensates, and responds to change, to emotion, to love – which may bring some ...

What Death Can Teach Us about Life

What Death Can Teach Us about LifeI attended a funeral the other week for the husband of one of my colleagues. He was a relatively young man, only three years older than me. I did not know him very well but wished I had known ...
 
 
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