A selection by Nell Lake. Clicking on a title will take you to the piece.
The Boston Globe
Are we over-treating the elderly with psychiatric drugs? That’s the natural question arising from a recent report that found adults over 65 are receiving psychotropic medications at twice the rate of younger adults. The study, published in this month’s Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, also found that elders are much less likely to get their mental health care from psychiatrists or to receive psychotherapy…
ONE SUNNY DAY in the spring of 2012, Kathleen Klein sat in a car by the California coastline with her 84-year-old mother, Jackie Wilton. The two women had been quietly gazing at the view, watching seagulls along the shore. “I’m ready to go,” Klein recalls her mother saying. “Not go home…Go.”
Klein didn’t need the clarification. Her mother had been speaking of wanting to die for years…
Southwest (Airlines) Spirit
OVER THE YEARS, I’ve watched my cousin Deborah Haber struggle with several chronic, painful medical conditions, including fibromyalgia and a rare incurable disorder called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a connective tissue disease that causes profuse sweating, a high heart rate and insomnia, among its many symptoms.
Largely housebound, and managing the life of her 11-year-old daughter, Deborah faces social isolation and persistent pain…
CONSIDER a hypothetical 70-year-old woman; she could be your mother, your sister, your wife. Call her Margaret. She’s becoming ever-more forgetful; one day she gets lost on her way home from the grocery store. A neurologist diagnoses Alzheimer’s…
Shambhala Sun magazine
Mary Jessup had great difficulty remembering plans, who’d called earlier, even whether she’d eaten lunch. For five years, Mary—who was living with vascular dementia—stayed in her daughter Penny’s home. Every weekday, while Penny worked, Mary sat on a worn, green couch and watched TV. In the morning she turned to The Price Is Right and Family Feud. At noon Mary pushed her walker to the kitchen…