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 psychology and the philosophy of mathematics and will contribute nothing to mathematical thought. Its aim is to introduce 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

There is no "me". 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. The separation comes as an afterthought. My mind creates this dualism, but in reality my body is fused with the geography and behavior of others around. The sense of self is how the body placates me.

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.


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?

Robin WIlliams's Autopsy Report

Why do we find it so comforting to identify a biological disease as the cause of a trauma? Is this science or are we finding psychological excuses to not face the reality of an individual's pain and anguish?

Is Cancer the Cure for Alzheimer's disease?

The finding that cancer is inversely associated with Alzheimer's disease has the biochemists in a frenzy to understand this relationship. But this observation has a more exciting theoretical implication.The implication is that Alzheimer's disease is determined by homeostasis, a balance. The search for single biomarkers is yet again exposed as a holy grail.

Having Children Beneficial to Living Longer?

Are we to take a new study seriously that having children increases our life expectancy, or is there a more simple explanation for the results of this new study from Denmark?

Are Humans Heading for Extinction?

A perfect storm is brewing, with women having fewer children, sperm count declining and the obesity rate increasing making it harder for women to conceive. All point towards the extinction of the human race. Were we so wrong in the 60s? Can we make it right?

Is Castration the Answer to Living Longer?

Is castration one way to cheat the body to stay around longer, or are there better ways to do that? Centenarians can show us a more pragmatic way to live longer.

Grieve Alone, Your Way

How come grief therapists got it so wrong with older adults? There are no stages.

Are We Meant to Live Longer?

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?

How Old Are You?

If our body is in a constant frenzy of renewal how come we look so old?