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If You See Someone Not Wearing a Mask, Do You Say Something?

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I considered whether to put on a mask at the party and, as a doctor, did so. People glanced at me hesitantly, noticing. I felt awkward. “We’re supposed to be wearing masks,” the host said as I entered a birthday party in Pennsylvania recently. He rolled his eyes and waved his hand in the air, […]

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Recommended Reading for October 2020

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Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir  By: Roz Chast   In her first memoir, New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as […]

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Bereaved Families Are ‘the Secondary Victims of COVID-19’

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Every day, the nation is reminded of COVID-19’s ongoing impact as new death counts are published. What is not well documented is the toll on family members. New research suggests the damage is enormous. For every person who dies of COVID-19, nine close family members are affected, researchers estimate based on complex demographic calculations and […]

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Recommended Reading for September 2020

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Aging and the Digital Life Course (Life Course, Culture and Aging: Global Transformations)  By:  David Prendergast and Chiara Garattini, Editors  Across the life course, new forms of community, ways of keeping in contact, and practices for engaging in work, healthcare, retail, learning and leisure are evolving rapidly. Breaking new ground in the study of technology and aging, […]

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Recommended Reading for August 2020

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The Anxiety and Phobia WorkbookWritten by:  Edmund J. Bourne PhD   Ever since the World Health Organization officially cited Coronavirus as a pandemic, the panic level amongst the people has increased notches higher. As a preventive measure, WHO has advised everyone to avoid social gatherings and suggested adopting self-quarantine until things calm down.  However, this situation has made several […]

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Recommended Reading for July 2020

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Sundown Syndrome (Caring for Aging Parents Book 1)  By:  Edie Dykeman Sundown Syndrome is a symptom of dementia that often reveals itself in the late afternoon or evening. In this book, Edie shares from experience that to expect from Sundown Syndrome and how caregivers and family members can help their loved one while coping with […]

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Recommended Reading for June 2020

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When Reasoning No Longer Works: A Practical Guide for Caregivers Dealing with Dementia & Alzheimer’s Care  By Angel Smits  Written by a Gerontologist with more than twenty years of experience, this reference gives the reader an easy to understand the view of what dementia does to the brain, how it is diagnosed, and most importantly, how […]

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Recommend Reading for May 2020

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Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of AgingBy: Melanie P. Merriman  Written for people who have cared for a parent, are currently facing that challenge, or are aging parents themselves, Holding the Net offers practical details about the effects of aging on the body and mind, living arrangements for older people, […]

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How to Survive Social Distancing 101

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Social distancing can help keep you healthy, but it might drive you crazy. This is an excerpt from an article that provides interesting ideas for how you can stay sane (and maybe even learn something) during social isolation. A key theme is to be productive! Here are some ways to combat loneliness and take advantage […]

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Recommended Reading for April 2020

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Dear Old Man: Letters to Myself On Growing Old Written by Charles Wells Full of good advice, wise counsel, and gentle humor, Dear Old Man is an essential guide for everyone who needs practical, sensitive direction in meeting life’s continuing challenges. Charles Wells, M.D., geriatric psychiatrist, shares his experience and insight in this fascinating guidebook […]

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