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Recommended Reading for January 2021

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Somewhere Towards the End: A Memoir By Diana Athill Everything about this memoir—which is about the annoyances of growing old and being able to do less than you have grown accustomed—is funnier than you might expect from the subject. Yes, it’s about getting sick and losing control and requiring the care of others. But it […]

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Recommended Reading for December 2020

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Dementia Re-imagined By Dr. Tia Powell Despite being a physician and a bioethicist, Tia Powell wasn’t prepared to address the challenges she faced when her grandmother, and then her mother, were diagnosed with dementia. In Demystifying Dementia, Dr. Powell helps us understand the disease with clearer eyes, from the point of view of both physician […]

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Recommended Reading for November 2020

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The Gifts of Care Giving by Connie Goldman Caregiving can be a gift in disguise, an experience that moves you toward a more meaningful connection with yourself and with others and a chance to nurture your spirit and perhaps even to transform your life.

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Boomers Show Greater Cognitive Decline Than Earlier Generations

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The American baby boomer generation is not as cognitively sharp during middle age and later in life as previous generations, according to a recent study published online in the Journals of Gerontology: Social Sciences. The findings are “clear and alarming,” say the study’s authors, for they suggest that recent declines in the incidence of dementia […]

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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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