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Why Are We Critical of Those Who Don’t Want Children?

This week I read one of the most interesting pieces of literary journalism I have come across in a while. Lisa Miller published an article in New York Magazine about people who have children at advanced ages—meaning people in the fifth decade of life.

The article raises a number of concerns about the uses of medical technology employed to have a baby later in life. As I have written about...
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Do Older Women Receive Sub-Standard Medical Care?

A press release on 9-22-11 reports that older women are more likely to die of breast cancer. This finding may not be so surprising as age can be a factor in the outcome of many diseases, including cancer. The finding is striking however, because at least some older women are not receiving the same care as those who are younger.

The research team led by Professor Christos Markopoulos noted that they “observed that...
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Caretakers, Is Your Workplace Taking Care of You?

A recent report by AARP, as described in the North Carolina publication The Progressive Pulse, finds that in North Carolina alone, million residents cared for a family member, partner or friend with a chronic illness.

That’s a lot for one state. Regarding the entire country, the AARP Report notes that “in 2009, about million family caregivers in the United States provided care to an adult with limitations in daily activities at any...
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Good Intentions Gone Awry: Helping People With Chronic Pain

Physical pain is one of the least understood perceptions in all of emotional life. Pain is deeply personal and hard to define. A lack of knowing how someone feels, however, does not mean that you cannot be supportive. Loved ones play a tremendous role in the experience of pain. Good relationships can be a buffer against the limitations caused by chronic pain.

Patients with chronic pain are charged with a number of options regarding managing their...
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Till Mid-Life Do We Part: Boomers and Marriage

You may have been hearing about rising rates of divorce among married, heterosexual baby boomers. While I am an advocate for any adult couple choosing not to stay together for any reason, the current rates of divorce in this cohort are striking. The Star Tribune reports that a quarter of all divorces occur in persons married more than 20 years and overall, rates of divorce are rising among straight boomer couples.

Although certain high profile...
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An Untold Story of Weight and Aging

Although many of us deal with losses as we age, weight is generally not among them. In fact, pounds on the scale are a frequent reminder that one's metabolism is no longer as efficient. Like all adults in the , boomers are afflicted by grim health statistics; many are in poor health and/or are overweight.

Yet, a number of people do a lot to prevent obesity. They exercise, limit carbohydrates, and eat fruits and vegetables....
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Is Ageism External or Internal?


At the gym, I love to watch music videos, not only because I enjoy contemporary music, but because the stunning women on the screen inspire me to spend a few extra minutes on the cross trainer.  As I watch youth-obsessed entertainment, I often get the disquieting feeling that what drives most of our culture are young people’s aims to appear sexy, in the hopes of hooking up with one another.  Of course, this idea is...
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Boomers on the Rise: Aging and Perception

Men and women think differently. Though this is hardly news to those of us who have ever interacted with someone of the opposite sex, a recent survey demonstrates just how varied our views are.

Women perceive themselves as feeling old at a much younger age then men do. According to a survey, conducted, curiously, by Avalan Funeral Plans in England, women reported feeling old at the age of 29 and men reported a similar...
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