The Death of Biological Determinism

A new study shows that genetics are not the sole factors that determine disease.

How Mild Is "Mild Cognitive Impairment"?

Is memory loss the slippery slope to Alzheimer's disease?

Reversible Alzheimer's Disease

Normal-pressure hydrocephalus mimics Alzheimer's disease and is likely to be diagnosed as such. But this syndrome can be reversed in most cases.

Early Emotional Trauma and Alzheimer’s Disease

Trauma in childhood, including emotional trauma are prime candidates for epi-genetic changes that seem to contribute to Alzheimer's disease.

Wrong on So Many Fronts: The Amyloid Cascade Hypothesis

Intellectual honesty is knowing that we do not know. Only then can we let go of long-held beliefs and explore alternatives.

Complexity Theory and Alzheimer’s disease: A Call to Action

Another way out of the research cul de sac

Piaget’s Missing Cognitive Stage

Why did Jean Piaget stop at 11 years when he was developing his theory of cognitive development. Did ageism determine that he saw aging as simply a decline?

Are We Ready to Throw Out Epidemiological Transition?

Our knowledge of infectious diseases is changing how we view emerging pandemics and how we deal with diseases of old age.

A New Paradigm for Alzheimer's disease Research

The zeal to find some biological marker for Alzheimer's disease has been unfounded. Emerging studies are now focussing more on the public health context of the disease.

Too Many Bad Drugs for Older Adults

What type of medications are dangerous for older adults?

Death of Happiness is Greatly Exaggerated

Is happiness really not important are we just itching for some dramatic results?

The Preservation of Human Energy Through Aging

What does aging teach us about how the body preserves energy?

Is Research Entering Into a New Eugenics Period?

The illusion that Alzheimer's disease is a purely neurological disease has given birth to a new wave of biological determinism promoted by the RDoC classification of mental disease

The Politics of Anguish

Celebrating a century of research in Alzheimer's disease we still find the disease a conundrum. A new book argues that this has been brought about because of politics.

We Are Becoming Gods

While we are behaving more like gods, we are learning that we are less human.

Older Adults Care More

Two main thoughts in modern history: Freud's psychoanalytic theory and Heidegger's philosophy of being both hinge on the concept of death. why is death necessary to explain living?

God, Mathematics and Psychology

This discussion focuses on mathematics as a creation of psychology. Sophisticated, complex and ever evolving, but nevertheless psychology.

Lost With Dementia

What is the best strategy for finding people with dementia who get lost?

Legal Consequences of Dementia

In addition to the personal changes that come with being diagnosed with dementia there are other broader consequences including medical, legal and financial considerations. A diagnosis is a crude awakening that changes your life.

The Psychology of Physics

Perhaps Classical Mechanics was more a Treatise on Psychology rather than Physics

Ontological Questions

Why is Dasein--being in the present-- so important for Heidegger? Being a contrary, why not live in "they-selves" if the "our-selves" is so painful? If I was designing a new way of existing, would I elect to be aware of "being" and why?

Geography of Aging and the Illusion of Self

My body is a fusion of the outside world and an internal reality. The distinction between me and them is purely a creation of my mind.

Ménage à Trois: Sex, Dementia and the Law

The law will need to re-evaluate the legal standing of someone with dementia. The crude methods of conservatorship and declaration of incompetence cannot deal with the fragile nature of relationships, and sexual relationship, among patients diagnosed with dementia.

Lifespan

Why do people confuse lifespan, with life expectancy, with average years of life and years expected to live?

Genetics of Longevity

There is a schism between lifespan and theoretical lifespan…human behavior.

Life Expectancy

Check a dictionary and the entry for Life Expectancy is WRONG...no wonder so many people misunderstand the concept.

Reclaiming Senile

A collection of my Psychology Today Blogs.

Is Gut Bacteria Designed to Kill Older Adults?

There are 10 times more bacterial cells in your body than human cells. Although smaller than human cells, and weigh only 1-3% of our body weight, the 500-1,000 species of bacteria seem to have evolved with humans. We have an ostensibly symbiotic relationship with bacteria. But is this relationship the same when we get older, or is bacteria trying to kill us?

How You Accept Other's stereotypes.

The word senile has become associated with dementia, although its earlier meaning was "pertaining to old age." In the late 1900 neuroscientists were still referring to the term as old age hence "senile dementia." the it changed and senile become a derogatory term. Such stereotypes pervade our social life and we need to start eroding this negativity.

Social Security: Supreme Court Denies Fifth Amendment

The US Constitution protects citizens from seizure of property. Our Social Security contributions are an investment for our retirement. Such investments, as property, are the sole provider for most vulnerable, frail minority older adults. Protected under the Fifth Amendment such property cannot be denied. Or can it?

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