Part II: Time to Turn Over the Car Keys?
"If you conclude through a formal assessment or by your own observation that your parent's ability to drive is impaired it is time to begin addressing the issue. However, accomplishing this goal may not be easy. Any suggestion that car keys be relinquished could be met with resistance, frustration, anger, or hostility. The best approach is a gentle one that seeks common ground with your parent." More...
Helping Yourself Speak Your Truth
"Normal as they are, these inhibitions limit your autonomy, and consequently, your intimacy. Their regulation is excessive and thus unskillful. And they harm others by denying them important information about how you are feeling and what you really care about. Here are some ways to deal with them:" More...
Part I: Time to Turn Over the Car Keys?
"Most people don't think about the potential hazards of elderly drivers until they hear about a tragic accident where age seems to play a major role in the mishap. One example occurred in 2003 when an 86 year-old man drove his Buick Le Sabre into a crowded farmer's market in Santa Monica, California killing 10 people and injuring more than 70 others. His attorneys explained that he had confused his car's accelerator for the brake.Health and safety experts say that many crashes involving elderly drivers, like the one above, occur because the older adult refuses to give up his or her car keys. In our highly mobile and self-sufficient culture, the car represents independence. " More...
Who’s Coming through the Door Again?
"[To the tune of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again”]When mommy comes walking through the door, hurrah, hurrah. When mommy comes walking through the door, hurrah, hurrah. My mind will dance, my heart will sing, When I hear the doorbell ring. And we’ll all shout “Hurrah” when mommy comes home again!" More...
Understanding the New Concept of Emerging Adulthood
"Sociologists have identified a new trend among young people and refer to it as "emerging adulthood." Emerging Adulthood is a term that applies to young adults who do not have children, do not live in their own home, or have a substantial income to become fully independent in their early to late 20's. It is a period where young people delay commitments to vital roles such as career, relationships, and financial obligations until they are more "stable."" More...
What is Toxic Shame?
"When shame becomes toxic, it can ruin our lives. Everyone experiences shame at one time another. It's an emotion with physical symptoms like any other that comes and goes, but when it's severe, it can be extremely painful. Strong feelings of shame stimulate the sympathetic nervous system, causing a fight/flight/freeze reaction." More...
Depression and Short-Term Memory
"While a slight decline in cognitive functioning is considered a part of normal aging, cognitive impairment and depression are not. Additionally, studies have suggested that depression is associated with an increased risk of dementia." More...
Modeling Behaviors You Want Your Children to Practice
"If you want your child to be healthy both physically and emotionally, your best path for achieving this is for you as a parent to model these behaviors for them. This is of course easier said than done. No parent is perfect and unfortunately many of us have unhelpful habits that have dogged us most of our life. But, let's take a closer look some of the most important behaviors your child needs to learn and how you can help them build these into their lifestyle." More...
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