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November 3, 2014
Can Video Games Fend Off Mental Decline?
“You just crashed a little bit,” Adam Gazzaley said. It was true: I’d slammed my rocket-powered surfboard into an icy riverbank. This was at Gazzaley’s San Francisco lab, in a nook cluttered with multicolored skullcaps and wires that hooked up to an E.E.G. machine. The video game I was playing wasn’t the sort typically pitched at kids or even middle-aged, Gen X gamers. Indeed, its intended users include people over 60 — because the game might just help fend off the mental decline that accompanies aging.
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October 28, 2014
Enriching a Life by Restoring the Past to Build the Future
When illness and aging cause seniors to minimize their activities, finding creative solutions to help them enhance their lives is critical. Case Study: George is a man in his late 80s who led an independent life until he developed cancer, experienced severe macular degeneration, and a lifelong stutter got worse. He was very aware of not appearing the way he used to, and was extremely self-conscious.
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October 15, 2014
Second Blooming:
What's Your Purpose in Life?

Why do you exist? Can you complete this sentence? My purpose in life is to ______________. If you can, wonderful; if not, it’s time to focus on it.
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October 8, 2014
Selective Memories...
When we were cleaning out my mother's home of 60 years, I found an envelope in the handwriting of my father who had died 30 years earlier. It said, "to be opened in case of my death abroad." He traveled a lot and alone, so I could understand his concern that his wishes under those circumstances be known. The letter is very business-like, he lists bank accounts, insurance, stocks, practical things like that; and he makes clear that he wants to be cremated in whatever country he died. Then he adds one last request, "forget me fast."
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September 4, 2014
Resilience: A Drama with Many Acts
Resilient women are at the heart of the play I am writing with three friends. Each of us, in real life, has been divorced-each under hugely different circumstances. We are writing a poignant and humorous play based on our collapse, our recovery, and our new, improved lives.
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