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Mental Health & Aging

Monthly Archive (Mental Health)

posted 09.07.2017
Until I started working with older adults, I had no idea how powerful a tool music was—one that could have such a positive influence on people’s quality of life, regardless of their age. Read More
posted 08.11.2017
This Summer 2017 issue of Generations was conceived as a reflection about this time, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Summer of Love, to determine if the youth then, now in their late 60s, 70s, and early 80s, are very different than other generations. Read More
posted 08.11.2017
The happenings in the Haight-Ashbury failed to plant a new republic acceptable to middle Americans. By conjoining sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, however, youth forged a worldview that criticized and redirected U.S. cultural norms. In adolescence, these baby boomers rarely trusted anyone... Read More
posted 08.10.2017
Some experience disillusionment at younger ages, but if we live long enough, it is inevitable. Many expectations—about people, institutions, even our own goals—will be disappointed and we will wonder why. Without disillusionment—that is, seeing through our false expectations... Read More
posted 08.07.2017
Along with the second wave of feminism and with the Civil Rights Movement, the Summer of Love expanded the repertoire of possible selves available to the young adults (and some older adults) of that era. Among other things, the public was exposed to an expanded range of romantic possibilities,... Read More
posted 07.13.2017
Mental health emerges from the shadows, taking control at end of life, hotels for housing, small miracles through music and connecting the ages, and more. Read More
posted 07.13.2017
Once depression is detected, older adults face several barriers to mental health care, but attitude is one of the most significant. Many older adults not only perceive stigma from the community, but also self-stigmatize. Often they feel that they cannot be open about their depression, fearing that... Read More
posted 07.13.2017
Almost as soon as Cohen placed headphones on people and turned on the music, which was custom-programmed to have a connection with their past, he saw their features soften as they began to sway and dance and sing along, transported to another time and way of being. Read More
posted 07.10.2017
Without clear information about options and outcomes, however, millions of Americans submit to end-of-life care that inflicts needless suffering—even after such care no longer provides a path back to health. Read More
posted 06.05.2017
In a society where transgender identities are still heavily stigmatized, losing family members, being threatened in a traditional place of acceptance and being denied access to a social venue can all be life-altering losses for a transgender elder. Read More

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