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BDN MidCoast News: A frank conversation on aging, with Maine’s senior senator
Author: Meg Haskell
U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says her book tastes skew toward murder mysteries. She also counts Maine author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Richard Russo as a favorite, especially his seminal novel “Empire Falls,” set in a fictional Maine mill town.
Yet the book now capturing her attention differs from these preferences: It’s “Being Mortal,” by physician and writer Atul Gawande. The book asks provocative questions about aging, maintaining independence, wellness and, yes, thinking about death.
Adverse childhood experiences such as poverty, abuse and neglect have been linked to poor mental and physical health outcomes in adulthood. However, characterizing early experiences only in terms of extreme stressors fails to capture the full spectrum of childhood for most people. In fact, a recent study in Psychology and Aging suggests that looking at early adversity only tells part of the story.
Author: Patti Neighmond
Losing your ability to think and remember is pretty scary. We know the risk of dementia increases with age. But if you have memory lapses, you probably needn’t worry. There are pretty clear differences between signs of dementia and age-related memory loss.
After age 50, it’s quite common to have trouble remembering the names of people, places and things quickly, says Dr. Kirk Daffner, chief of the division of cognitive and behavioral neurology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.