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August 9, 2014 1 Comment

All About Old Age: The 5 Types of Aging Books

Recently, a pediatrician friend remarked that people – patients’ parents, friends, strangers she chats with briefly in airports and coffee lines – were always asking her for recommendations on the best books about childhood. I had to admit that I don’t get many requests about books on old age. That’s a shame, because there are [...]

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July 31, 2014 2 Comments

10 Reasons Why Robot Caregivers Might Not Be So Bad

My recent New York Times op-ed on robot caregivers for older adults has elicited curiosity, enthusiasm and controversy. I have to admit that my own first reaction to the topic was captured in the NYT letter from Sherry Turkle whom I mention in the piece. I was in a meeting and turned to a colleague, clumsily [...]

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June 23, 2014 3 Comments

Favorites, Likes & Other Secrets of Social Media

The star – it’s reminiscent of grade school when good work meant a star on your homework. Those stars were coveted, points of pride, purveyors of bragging rights. Or so I surmised. School wasn’t really my focus in those days, but my best friend Michelle had quite a collection of stars so I knew what [...]

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