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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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Acronyms: 3 Simple Rules for Making them Meaningful

In the last two days I have received several emails about WEAAD. Yup. WEAAD… My response: As it turned out, people were sending me these WEAAD emails because they want to publicize a worldwide (the “W) day devoted to an important cause that is right up my alley as a geriatrician: Elder Abuse. Yet when first [...]

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Writing about Old Age

In the New York Times review of A History of the Present Illness, Abigail Zugar noted that I write “lovely, nuanced description” and have joined “the ranks of those immortalizing the small, realistic retails of modern medical care.” That was nice, but perhaps more interesting was the following comment: “[She] is at her best in [...]

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