Our bodies are built to last longer than we are currently living to. Our cells can replicate for more than a few lifetimes, while stem cells can replace dying cells. So why are we using them up so quickly? Read More
Heart transplant recipients report that they acquire characteristics and desires of their heart donors. Sometimes specific memories as well. Perhaps our heart does hold the secrets of love after all. Read More
Why are we going for the low hanging fruits in financial elder abuse? District Attorneys need to fill in the vacuum left by the lack of national policy priorities. We need to go for perpetrators that are quietly doing more financial harm to older adults: Banks, Lawyers and Casinos. This level of institutional abuse we can prevent. Read More
In some states where fluoridation is mandated like Kentucky, 41 percent of older adults have lost their teeth. What is the public health reasoning for making these people drink fluoridated water? Or don't they matter in the public health debate? Read More
How many years will you gain at 87 if you eliminated all the main killers such as Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke, Influenza and Pneumonia, and chronic obstructive lung disease? Is 5.7 years enough? So why are we so fixated on a cure and not in finding better CARE. Read More
Our complex brain develops a very detailed reality simulation. We live in this simulated world more than we are conscious of. The simulation becomes more detailed the longer that we have had time to develop it so that in older age our reality simulation is at its most effective. Until we face a trauma. Then the simulation is shown for what it is, an illusion. Read More
If the government guidelines on dementia are designed to stimulate research why did they leave out psychology? Why are the guidelines geared up exclusively for organic diseases? Is the pharmaceutical industry running the science of dementia?
So many questions, and so many answers, except these answers remain unheard because they come from psychologists. Read More
As people with intellectual and developmental disabilities age, they experience ill-health earlier and faster. They are also predisposed to get early onset dementia. Since most of their caregivers are aging parents, we are witnessing the disconnect between policy and needs of older adults. Read More
Overall male survivors were more likely to die than females. For both male and female the risk of death was the highest when their spouse died of dementia compared to other causes (20 and 16 percent higher mortality for males and female respectively).
The brain is obese, more than 60 percent fat, hardly moves, and thrives on a diet of cholesterol which it produces itself. But that is how it functions as the most complex tool we have on this planet. And with 7.143 billion models, it is the most ubiquitous. You will be surprised why the brain produces so much cholesterol and why reducing cholesterol might not benefit all. Read More
If dementia is due to neuropathology, to some disease, then all of us should get dementia because most of us have some disease, some scaring in our brain. Even young adults have been found with such disease. The new guidelines from the National Institute on Aging makes everyone with such brain injuries demented. Is this a new biological determinism ignoring psychology? Read More
There are diverse articles written about older women having sex with younger men. Blame the biology which continues conspiring to match the sexual needs of older women with those of younger men. Read More
Why is there an increase in the number of children killing their parents? Fathers are twice as likely to be killed rather than mothers--by their 18 year old sons. Younger children use guns, while older ones use knives and other instruments. Read More