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Changing how we see aging
Mario D Garrett Ph.D.
With humility someone has a dark sense of humor, and I hope that I live long enough to learn to appreciate it.
Whether we find meaning of aging in religion or other means, one thing is certain, we will try and make sense of the process.
Among older adults envy has a special place in identifying the difficulty we have with accepting aging, especially when others do not conform to our own aging experience.
Studying culture as a psychological feature might result in a better understanding of how ourselves are a product of our environment.
We have a great interest in “proving” things. The problem with science is that it is necessarily finicky with details and the problem with belief is that it is necessarily not.
Without protests to halt the cut to Medicare, no amount of reframing will ever reverse the damage done that will start over the next few months.
There are computer-based tools for improving useful field of view and retraining the brain to drive more safely.
Eventually the aim is to see a person with dementia as a “vulnerable person” who have both rights and protections.
How we see time is an indication of our life story. We might be accessing cues from both our body and the environment that tells us when that final curtain is likely to be.
The fountain of youth might be a fountain for living well in older ages.
Could depression benefit from viewing hope as an illusion, and that depression reflects the reality of life? Could depression be a sense of realism closer to the truth?
We are meant to die. It is nature's way of making our species survive. But our strategy as humans has been to develop a large brain and to live longer, to which there's a downside.
The call for breaking down age segregation completely.
What if we knew the cause of Alzheimer's disease more than 100 years ago? TB is emerging to be one of the most likely candidates that causes the amyloid cascade in the brain.
It is biologically feasible for oral bacteria to go through the bloodstream, reach the brain and either initiate or promote existing lesions and cause an inflammatory response.
The question is whether immortality is even possible...
How a growing threat from Lyme disease can see an explosion of cases of dementia.
Using film as a way of introducing the discipline of gerontology to a wider audience.. This is part of the Coming of Age film festival on aging.
Who's running the show in dementia treatment? Would a cure make more money?
Why does remembering the past, as promoted in Reminiscing Therapy, improve the behavior, mood and thinking of people with dementia?
What we have learned from history is that dementia is complex; why are we simplifying the disease again?
The bankruptcy of a small LTC insurance company does not bode well for the financing of long-term care for older Americans.
There is a new spike in deaths. Is this just an anomaly or will it reverse 50 years of progress in life expectancy? The issue is that it is global.
Five decades of war on poor older adults will culminate with a nuanced switch in priorities in our federal budget. Reducing Mandatory while increase Discretionary budget spending.
In our ageist view we judge older adults as ready to die and we fulfill this judgement by not helping their brain become re-engaged.
So the good news is that all of us, especially older adults, have dementia. Yes, that is the good news.
Fluid and Crystalized intelligence are a remnant of an old eugenicist legacy that have no practical or clinical use today. Is it time to discard them?
The reason why suicide is going up is because we are ignoring its social component. A hundred years of research and we need to revisit Durkheim's suicide theory.
How witnessing--the act of affirming one's presence and passage in time--can be the love we seek.
Translating The Blue Ribbon Panel of expert advisers basic steps in research applied for dementia. A real set of guidelines for the malady of the 21st century.
Mario Garrett, Ph.D., is a professor at the school of social work at San Diego State University.
500-word short essays that condense the latest research on aging in an accessible format.