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About C

If you consider volunteering at a luncheon for older adults as my first exposure to the field, I have been in geropsychology for at least twenty years. As family, friend, volunteer, trainee, and professional, I have found myself in adult day care centers, senior centers, senior living facilities, nursing homes, medical and psychiatric wards, hospice, and personal homes of older adults. Wherever I go, be it an orphanage, a museum, a prison, an airport, or a random corner in the neighborhood, issues related to aging and mental health often come to mind. I used to think that I could make a difference only if I became a top-notch researcher, educator, or clinician. As I continue to follow this meandering path, it dawns on me that as a nobody in the field, I can still add my light to the sum of light by sharing what I know. Over the years, I have "converted" a few very dedicated individuals to focus on aging-related work within their respective disciplines and encouraged a handful more to stay in this field despite its winding course. I believe by bringing aging and mental health issues to the foreground, we will amass a stronger force to promote advocacy, research, and quality care.

The Dreaded Conversation

“You have a new referral. The physician is worried that Mrs. B is depressed and suicidal; she’s been talking about dying all day long. They plan to up her meds if she keeps talking about that.” Mrs. B does want to talk … Continue reading

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Not in Love with AMOUR

Paris. Musicians. Elderly couple. Stroke. Disability. AMOUR (2012) has all the essential elements to become my favorite movie. Ironically, I remain troubled by my tepid reaction 3 weeks after seeing it while most of my friends within and outside of … Continue reading

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There Will Always be Room for Music

Imagine one day you decide to move into a retirement home, would you like to go to one that caters exclusively to people in your profession? Do you REALLY want to live with a house full of nurses? Accountants? Writers? … Continue reading

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All Things Visible and Invisible

A Spanish-speaking patient with advanced dementia grabbed her chest and grimaced. Everyone thought she was having a heart attack. When I asked her what’s going on, she told me her soul was hurting so much that she knew she’s going … Continue reading

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Acceptance and Change

Acceptance is a recurring theme. When individuals are able to accept their limitations and losses, many are able to identify new avenues to continue to live a fulfilling life. When we struggle with our mind and body, sometimes it’s only … Continue reading

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From Cottonfields to Cornfields

There are two things I remember about the last time I saw my great-grandmother: She was a centenarian. She was still actively working in the fields. I was too young to find out how, when, and where she eventually died. … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk about Death

1785. The room number flashed on my screen. As the elevator slowly climbed, I made a silent assessment of how I would likely react. Only 24 hours ago, I bid farewell to someone for one final time in the same … Continue reading

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