Healthy Mind

Felice Shapiro

No More Excuses: Writer’s Block and Other Issues

The feelings of loss have been huge this month. The loss of freedom to travel, to breathe, to feel that my vote will be counted, the civil unrest and the death of RBG who represented what I care about most on the Supreme Court suddenly left me paralyzed. But, here's some irony. The doomsday dark cloud lifted from my morning when I least expected it. Last Friday, September 25th, would have been my Mom's 88th birthday and as I sat with her photos, videos and memories all day, something shifted. It was the first time in years I wouldn't be with her on her birthday....
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Dementia: Writing the Story Now You May Never Hear

I’ll never forget the moment I found out my mother’s diagnosis. ‘Your mother has the classic symptoms of Alzheimer’s,’ the geriatric psychiatrist said. I wish I had encouraged Mum to tell me more about her life and recorded her stories. Robin Storey is a ghostwriter specializing in life stories and memoirs....

Hosting Visits During Covid: Beware Of The Bossy Boss

We looked to each other for yet another round of backgammon thinking about how lucky we were to have a playmate. We stayed cheery. We celebrated what a great job we'd done raising our kids and that they were so independent and didn't need a thing from us. We counted our blessings. Sure it was a bummer that the dog had died, and our annual friend visits were all cancelled, but hey! But then....enough was enough!...
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Everyone Knows Memory Fails as You Age. But Everyone Is Wrong.

In Case You Missed It....You'll want to read this great piece on memory from the NYT. "I’m 62 years old as I write this. Like many of my friends, I forget names that I used to be able to conjure up effortlessly. When packing my suitcase for a trip, I walk to the hall closet and by the time I get there, I don’t remember what I came for."...