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  • Searching for Soul: A Survivor’s Guide
    Bobbe Tyler, author, nonfiction writer and retired communications coordinator for Lucasfilm Ltd, has written a book of the type, and in the style, that has kept her alive all these years. Her book, Searching ...
  • Finding Love after 60
    During the last few months of her life, my grandmother Ruth, then 93, was too frail for family to adequately care for at home. With much reluctance, she and we all agreed that a nursing ...
  • Specialized Geriatric Hospital Units Aid Elderly
    Older people cared for in specialized geriatric hospital units tend to decline at a slower pace than those given conventional hospital care, recent research suggests. Aging brings a certain amount of natural deterioration in cognitive performance, ...
  • 60 On Up: The Truth About Aging in America
    When I was in graduate school in the mid-1970s, I felt strangely out of sync with my fellow students. Then I happened on Worlds of Pain, a groundbreaking book by Lillian Rubin about working-class life ...
  • Coffee May Prevent Dementia
    Further evidence has come to light that drinking coffee may have a protective effect against dementia. Dementia and Alzheimer's disease are common problems in the elderly population. Although research is improving our knowledge of the ...
  • Grief, Grandma’s Way
    By the time she got into her 90s, my grandmother was a wise woman indeed. She was wise about life. She was also wise about death. As the youngest of eight, she had outlived all ...
  • Challenges and Benefits for Grandparent Caregivers
    When my grandfather's mother died in 1900 in rural Maine, it was his aunt who stepped in to raise him and his baby sister. When my friend Jill lost her mother in the 1950s, her ...
  • Fairness and Reciprocity in Friendships
    My friend Richard shook his head as he told me the story of his latest visit with his mother, Harriet, now in her late 80's. "I'd really like to see Mildred," she said. "So why don't you ...
  • Seniors and Depression
    Table of Contents: An Introduction to the Depression Series Types of Depression Symptoms of Depression and Mania Causes of Depression Depression in Women, Seniors and Children Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment How to Help Yourself if You ...
  • Dating Later in Life
    "At first, I felt like I was being unfaithful to my late husband," says Paula, a 65-year-old widow who recently began dating again. Sam, a 70-year-old retiree, wants to date, "But my grown kids don't ...
  • Coping With Loneliness: Tips for Seniors
    On the old television show "The Golden Girls," four, over-60 widows live together, providing each other companionship, friendship and emotional support. Many seniors, however, lack this kind of social network. In fact, loneliness is a ...
  • Caring for an Elder Parent
    A combination of trends is sparking heightened interest in generational issues. For one thing, people are simply living longer due to advances in medicine and preventive health. It's more common today, as opposed to 50 ...
  • The Male Midlife Crisis
    You have an unexplained desire to buy a sports car. You're happily married, but you have started fantasizing about younger women. You go on a crash diet, and dream about starting over, being free. Does ...
  • Legal and Financial Planning for Your Children
    If you or a grandparent plan to help your child financially, before or after death, you'll have to make special arrangements. Because of the laws surrounding public disability benefits -- benefits your adult child could ...
  • When the Nest Doesn’t Empty
    For lots of us baby boomer parents, it’s a surprise. Having done our best to move out of our own parents’ homes as soon as we could to assert our independence and get on with ...
  • Inhaled Anesthetics Bring Alzheimer’s Risk
    Experts recently have shed light on the link between general anesthetics and cognitive problems. Anesthetics have been thought to cause cognitive dysfunction for a long time — the link was first highlighted in the 1950s. But ...
  • Folic Acid Supplements Could Prevent Dementia
    Folic acid supplementation could effectively prevent dementia in some people, recent research suggests. The possibility that low folic acid is a modifiable risk factor for dementia has been extensively studied. Dementia is linked to the ...
  • Emotions and Weight Affect Testosterone Levels
    A recent study suggests men's testosterone levels are significantly affected by their health and lifestyle choices. Testosterone levels reduce by about one percent a year in men over 40. A team from the New England Research ...
  • Aging is a Time for Letting Go
    So much of young adult life is about acquiring. Throughout our twenties and thirties, most people look for a mate, a good job, financial security, a good car, a fit and healthy body, a circle ...
  • Stay Sexy Your Entire Life!
    If you are over 50 and want the best that life has to offer, you probably desire a passionate, stimulating sex life. If you are under 50, you probably wonder what you have to look ...
  • Caregiving Is a Two-Way Relationship
    Helpers and elders are, of course, male as well as female. But for purposes of clarity, I am using the feminine pronoun, since most people in caregiving relationships are female. Women traditionally take on the caregiving ...
  • Aging Parents and Your Emotional Well-Being
    Browse the bookstore. Check the Web. You'll find extensive information about how to assist your aging parents. What you're unlikely to find, however, is help for the myriad feelings you will experience as your mom ...
  • PTSD and Older Veterans
    From as long ago as Homer's ancient story of the battle between the Trojans and the Greeks, and the times of the Bible and Shakespeare, military personnel have been confronted by the trauma of war. ...
  • Aging Means More than Getting Old
    Who is engaged in the process of aging? Your grandparents? Your parents? YOU?? The fact is, we are all progressing in age and moving through the normal stages of life we have come to know as ...
  • Dividing Things, Not Families
    It was 10:45 on a warm summer day. Outside a stately mansion, parked on either side of the front door, were two large moving vans. Inside, the two van drivers and their assistants were becoming ...

 

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