Professor of Gerontology

PO Box 331, La Mesa, CA. 91944
PHONE  619-992 5317


WORK ADDRESS  
San Diego State University, School of Social Work,
5500 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-1872
PHONE  619-594 2818


EDUCATION
University of Bath, Claverton Down, Bath, BA2 7AY, UK  
Year graduated: 1988
University of East London, Stratford Campus, Water Lane. London. E15 4LZ
Year graduated: 1980
  • Bachelor of Science, First Class Honors-summa cum laude.
  • Area: Psychology/ Physiology
AWARDS
University of East London
  • Recipient of the Dean’s Prize for best academic achievement (1981-1982)
  • Winner of the first Science Technology 1982 National Science Essay University Competition (U.K.)
San Diego State University
  • Outstanding Faculty, Department of Gerontology, College of Health and Human Services, SDSU (2005- 2006).
  • Outstanding Faculty, Department of Gerontology, College of Health and Human Services , SDSU (2006 -2007).
  • Outstanding Faculty, Department of Gerontology, College of Health and Human Services , SDSU (2007 -2008). 
  • Outstanding Faculty, School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services, SDSU (2010 -2011).
  • Outstanding Faculty, School of Social Work, College of Health and Human Services, SDSU (2015-2016).

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND HONORS
1986-1987 Research Officer, School of Management, University of Bath, U.K.
1987-1988 Research Fellow, Department of Economics, Surrey University/ London School of Economics, London, UK
1988-1989  Project Leader, International Centre for Child Studies, Bristol University, UK.
1989-1993 Program Manager/ Deputy Director, United Nations - International Institute on Aging, Malta.
1993-1994 Director, International Sexagenarian Research, Malta.
1994-1995 Project Director, Center on Aging, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
1995-2004 Founder and Director of Data Analysis Service, Albuquerque, NM.
1996-1997 Senior Researcher Scientist III, Center on Aging, University of North Texas, TX.
1996-present Director, Data Analysis Service, Albuquerque, NM
2004-present Professor of Gerontology, School of Social Work, San Diego State University
2004-2012 Chair Department of Gerontology and Director of the University Center on Aging, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.
2012-2014 Associate of Health Benefits ABC.  A consulting services in health care policy, public health, aging services and health benefits.

HONORS

Most Popular UCSD-TV Program for 2013

UCSD-TV programs generated approximately 1.57 million hits from July through December 2013. The most popular program was:

  • Brain Fitness: Social Aspects of Dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment – Research on Aging (Mario D. Garrett, San Diego State): 


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MEMBERSHIP
American Society on Aging (Faculty member)
Gerontology Society of America (Faculty member)


COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Chair, Commission on Aging, La Mesa City Council (Mayoral Nominee 2006- 2012)
Chair, Council on Minority Aging (2005-2007)
Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association San Diego and Imperial county Chapters, Medical and Scientific Board (2009- present)
Board Member, The Glenner Memory Care Centers, Medical and Scientific Board (2012- present)
Secretary, Board of Directors, CSA San Diego County  (2007- present)
Consultant, Tierrasanta Village, a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community initiative.


Master of Science in Gerontology: Thesis Committee Chairperson

2004
Building a dementia care network : a community-based service delivery system for Latino families in San Diego County 
Roberto E. Velasquez  

2004
HIV/AIDS epidemiologic trends of the over age 50 population in San Diego County 
Norman Douglas Jackson  

2004
Predictors of unsubsidized employment for older workers in a senior community service employment program 
Cynthia Lee Hansen  

2004
What are the real-life issues regarding conservatorships in California today? 
Jacqueline Santangelo-Herman  

2005
Comparison of activity of daily living (ADL) impairments between urban and rural elderly nursing home residents in San Diego and Imperial County 
Debbie A. Petrocco  

2005
Cultural competency in geriatric case management : promoting the use of primary care 
Sonia L. Castro Negron  

2005
Existing and potential health promotion services in San Diego : a survey of religious institutions
Lisa Randall  

2005
The exploratory analysis of mental health services in San Diego County's long term care continuum 
Gisella Stonier  

2005
Perceptions of elder abuse and help-seeking patterns among different ethnic and age groups 
Scott William Code  

2005
The usage of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for treatment of hypertension among Chinese and Taiwanese elderly in Southern California 
Shih-Fan Lin  

2005
With friends like these who needs enemies : a study of financial abuse of older adults by caregivers and family members 
Kandi Kayne Lee  

2006
How San Diego religious leaders support their congregant members at end of life 
Stacy L. Sampson  

2006
A survey of caregiving characteristics 
Iris Diaz Canapi  

2007
The effects of structured educational programming of RCFE residing elderly with cognitive impairments : an evaluation of program participation, quality of life and behavior management 
Lindsey Beth Cornwell  

2008
An evaluation of the local needs assessment process and its ability to represent minority elders in San Diego County 
Annette S. Quinata  

2008
Maximizing Medicaid's continuum of care : an analysis of assisted living facilities and nursing home residents 
Christina LeBlanc Selder  

2009
Elder abuse and oral healthcare providers : an intervention to increase knowledge and self-perceived likelihood to report 
Julie Ann Sugita  

2009
Job satisfaction and the Shared Care Model as compared with the Traditional Model of hospice care 
Carolyn Mae Stevenson  

2011
An exposition of irregularities in Residential Care Facilities For The Elderly (RCFE) in San Diego and Imperial Counties 
Christine M. Murphy  

2013
Luck, control and the Holocaust 
Katrine Teplitsky   

SELECTED PEER-REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS (in chronological order)
These papers are being made available here to facilitate the timely dissemination of scholarly work; copyright and all related rights are retained by the copyright holders.

Garrett MD. (1982) Electroconvulsive Therapy and its non-Efficacy. Journal of Science and Technology, UK. Nov.

Blanchflower DG, Oswald AJ, Garrett MD & Deeks AJ. (1987). Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment in Britain. UK Department of Employment Working Paper. London, U.K.

Blanchflower DG, Oswald AJ & Garrett MD. (1990). Insider Power in Wage Determination: 1980 and 1984. Economica,  57, 143-70.

Kinnie N, & Garrett M (1993). Managerial Strategies for Flexible Employment: An analysis using cross-sectional data. Management Research News, Vol. 12 Iss: 3, pp.14 – 15. DOI:10.1108/eb028018

Garrett MD & Scerri M. (1994). Community Services for the Elderly in Malta; In J. Kosberg (ed) International Handbook of Community Services for the Elderly. Greenwood Publications. New York.

Garrett MD. (1994). Indigenous Elderly: Our Invisible Heritage.  Aging International. Volume 21, Number 4. December, 1994:43-46

Garrett MD. (1995). Inequalities in the Utilization of Gerontological Services in Malta: A Micro State Study. The Southwest Journal on Aging, Vol 11, 1.

Garrett MD. (1995). Filial Piety or a Filial Pie: Capital Transfer from the Elderly to their Offspring within Southeast and Eastern Asia in Ingman, SR, Pei X, Ekstrom, CD, Friedsam, HJ & Bartlett, KR (eds) , An Aging Population, An Aging Planet, and a Sustainable Future: Thinking Globally, Acting Locally. Series in Social Policy, Community and Regional Development. University of North Texas, Denton, 1995.

John R, Hennessy CH, Dyeson TB & Garrett MD. (2001). Toward the conceptualization and measurement of caregiver burden among Pueblo Indian family caregivers. The Gerontologist. 2001 41: 210-219.


Garrett MD, Morton DJ, & Black KF. (2006) Healthy Aging: Lessons from Isleta Pueblo Elders. Journal of Native Aging and Health. June.

Garrett, MD. (2006) Filial Piety and Capital Transfer as Determinants in the Changing Patterns of Responsibility of the Elderly: Southeast and Eastern Asia as an Accelerated Microcosm. Global Impact: Concerns for an Aging Population. San Diego, CA.

Morton DJ, Garrett MD, Reid J, & Wingard DJ. (2006) “Current Smoking and Type 2 Diabetes In Selected Indian Health Service Clinics, 1998-2003” Am J Public Health. 2008 Mar;98(3):560.

Garrett MD,  Baldridge D, Benson WF, McGuire LC. (2008). Missing Cohorts of Caregivers Among American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. The IHS Primary Care Provider. Volume 33(4), April:105-111.

Garrett MD & McGuire LC.  (2008). Family Caregivers Declining for American Indians, Alaska Natives. Aging Today Nov-Dec:11.

Garrett MD, Baldridge D, Muus K, Baker-Demaray T, Benson WF, & McGuire, LC (2010). Native Migration: In Search of the Missing Cohorts, American Indian and Alaska Native Migration and the Loss of Caregivers in Native Communities. Pimatisiwin: A Journal of Aboriginal and Indigenous Community Health, Vol. 8, No. 1,1-18. 

Reid JL, Morton DJ, Wingard DL, Garrett MD, von Muhlen D, Slymen D, Field M.(2010). Sex and Age Differences in the Association of Obesity and Smoking with Hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes in Southern California American Indians, 2002–2006. Ethnicity and Disease. 20(3):231–238.

Reid JL, Morton DJ, Wingard DL, Garrett MD, von Muhlen D, Slymen D. (2010) Obesity and Other Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and their Association with Osteoarthritis in Southern California American Indians, 2002–2006. Ethnicity and Disease.20(4):416-422.

Sugita JA, & Garrett MD (2012). Elder Abuse and Oral Healthcare Providers: An Intervention to Increase Knowledge and Self Perceived Likelihood to Report. Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect. 24(1):50-64.

Antoninetti M & Garrett MD (2012). Body Capital and the Geography of Aging. Royal Geographical Society. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-4762.2012.01089.x

Garrett MD, Baldridge D & Williams E (2012). American Indians and Alaska Natives in Nursing Home: Initial results from the 2008 Minimum Data Set.  Pimatisiwin. Volume 10 Number 1.






Garrett MD (2016).Computer Cognitive Training Intervention. SAGE Methodology Series.

BOOKS
Wozniak D, Shuman TS, Roet A, Garrett MD (Editors) (1996). Human Settlements Habitat: Proceedings and Recommendations of the International Symposium on Human Settlements. San Diego State University.

Wozniak D, Yuen L, Garrett MD & Shuman TS. (Editors) (1999). International Symposium on Herbal Medicine: A Holistic Approach. International Institute for Human Resources Development, San Diego State University.

Baldridge D, Garrett MD, & Menke K. (2003). Monograph Series.  National Indian Council on Aging, September.

Garrett MD (2012) New Insights in Aging. Createspace.USA


Garrett MD (2015) Politics of Anguish: How Alzheimer's disease became the malady of the 21st century. Createspace. USA

SELECTED OTHER PUBLICATIONS (Non-Refereed)
Blanchflower DG, Oswald AJ, Garrett MD & Deeks AJ. (1987). Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment in Britain. UK Department of Employment Working Paper. London, U.K.

Garrett MD & Allerton M. (1989). Methodology and Initial Statistics of the YOUTHSCAN Longitudinal  Survey - Part I.  International Centre for Child Studies. Bristol, U.K.

Kinnie N & Garrett MD. (1989). Management Strategies for Flexible Employment: An analysis using cross-sectional data.  Management Research News, Vol 12(3).

Cuscheri A, Delia L, Garrett MD & Troisi J (1993).   Evaluation of Existing Services for the Elderly and their Implications in Planning for Future Services in the light of Economic Realities and Demographic Trends. White Paper, Government of Malta, Parliamentary Secretary for the Care of the Elderly.

Garrett MD. (1991). Life Expectancy: A Global Analysis and Critique.  BOLD, Vol.1 No.2. UN-INIA, Malta.

Garrett MD. (1992). Changing Patterns of Responsibility: East and Southeast Asia as an accelerated microcosm. In United Nations Population Division.  Proceedings of the Expert Group Meeting on Population and Demographic Structure, UNFPA, New York.

Garrett MD. (1993). Emerging Needs in Developing Countries: Two scenarios. BOLD. Vol.4 No.1. UN-INIA, Malta.

Garrett MD. (1993). Emerging Trends and Needs: A scenario for change. New Series of Papers in Gerontology, University of Liverpool, UK.

Cuscheri A, Delia L, Garrett MD & Troisi J (1993).   Evaluation of Existing Services for the Elderly and their Implications in Planning for Future Services in the light of Economic Realities and Demographic Trends. White Paper, Government of Malta, Parliamentary Secretary for the Care of the Elderly.

Garrett MD. (1994). Ageing in East and Southeast Asia: Is family support a viable policy? BOLD. Vol 4, No. 3. UN-INIA, Malta.

Garrett MD. (1994). Indigenous Elderly People: First Global Estimates.  BOLD. Vol 4, No. 4. UN-INIA, Malta.

Baldridge D, Baros S , Campos B, Garrett MD, Henriksen L  & Inglis M. (1996). Mapping Indian Elders...An initiative of the National Indian Council on Aging.  National Indian Council on Aging, July 1996.

Garrett MD. (1997). New Mexico American Indian Elders: A Demographic and Services Profile. New Mexico Office for Indian Affairs/Indian Area Agency on Aging, February 1997.

Garrett MD (2000).  The Mapping of Gerontological Data. BOLD. Vol 10, No. 2. UN-INIA, Malta.

Garrett MD & Menke KA. (2002). Indian No More: Inconsistent Classification of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Medicare. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol 2, No. 2.

Garrett MD, Menke KA, Inglis M, & Baldridge D. (2002). Where and How Indians Die: Context of American Indian and Alaska Native Deaths. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol 3, No. 2.

Garrett MD,  Menke KA, Baldridge D & Inglis M. (2002). American Indians and Alaska Natives in the 2000 U.S. Census Part 1. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol 3, No. 3.

Garrett MD & Menke KA. (2002). The Continued Disappearance of Indians in Medicaid. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol 3, No. 4.

Garrett MD. (2003). USRDS Users Guide. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 6, No. 1.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 1: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island & Vermont.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No.1.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 2; New York.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 2.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 3: New Jersey, Puerto Rico & Virgin Islands.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 3.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 4: Delaware & Pennsylvania.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 4.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 5: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland & District of Columbia.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 5.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 6:  Georgia, North Carolina & South Carolina.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 6.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 7:  Florida.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 7.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 8: Alabama, Mississippi & Tennessee.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 8.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 9/10: Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky & Ohio.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 9.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 11: Minnesota, Michigan, North Dakota, South Dakota & Wisconsin.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 10.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 12: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri &  Nebraska.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 11.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 13: Arkansas, Louisiana & Oklahoma.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 12.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 14: Texas.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 13.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 15: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah & Wyoming.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 14.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 16: Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon & Washington.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 15.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 17: American Samoa, Guam, Mariana Islands, Hawaii & Northern California.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 16.

Garrett MD &  Baldridge D. (2003). Summary of Results from the USRDS Network 18: Southern California.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 5, No. 17.

Garrett MD, Baldridge D, Menke KA. (2003). Health Disparities Among Americans. NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 10, No. 1. Sponsored by the Papa Ola Kahali and Out of Many One.

Garrett MD. (2003). Asthma Among American Indians.  NICOA’s Monograph Series, Vol. 6, No. 1. Sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Garrett MD (2008). Editorial: Is Our Population Sustainable? San Diego Union Tribune. August 15.

Garrett MD (2008). Is Our Population Sustainable? Journal of Sustainability. Issue 1(4), Sept: online: http://journalofsustainability.com/lifetype/index.php?op=ViewArticle&articleId=4&blogId=1

Garrett MD. (2009). The Sustainability of Dying? Journal of Sustainability. Issue 2(2), February: online:
http://journalofsustainability.com/lifetype/index.php?op=ViewArticle&articleId=45&blogId=1

Garrett MD (2015) Genetic Longevity. Encyclopedia of health & aging. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412956208

Garrett MD (2015) Lifespan. Encyclopedia of health & aging. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412956208

Garrett MD (2015) Life Expectancy. Encyclopedia of health & aging. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412956208



Times of Malta Editorials
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20160911/life-features/Older-but-happier.624725

Can elderly care standards be enforced? - timesofmalta.com

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Dementia caregivers need to de-stress - Times of Malta

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    Protect yourself from elder abuse - Times of Malta

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      Fearing memory lapses - Times of Malta

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        Expiry date stamped on our genes - Times of Malta

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        When the Lord wants to take me... - Times of Malta

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          The way we die: elderly need end-of-life options - Times of Malta

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          The ageing body - Times of Malta

          www.timesofmalta.com/.../The-ageing-body.608419

          Medication is major problem affecting sex among ... - Times of Malta

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            pikkuanna/creative common on Flickr

            Reminiscing Therapy and Dementia

            Why does remembering the past, as promoted in Reminiscing Therapy, improve the behavior, mood and thinking of people with dementia?
            flickr/olavXO

            Alzheimer's Disease: Repeating Failures

            What we have learned from history is that dementia is complex; why are we simplifying the disease again?

            Flickr/Commons/Ian Campbell













            The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Care Insurance

            The bankruptcy of a small LTC insurance company does not bode well for the financing of long-term care for older Americans.
            Flickrcommons/Stephan Ridgway

            The New Killer of Older Adults

            There is a new spike in deaths. Is this just an anomaly or will it reverse 50 years of progress in life expectancy? The issue is that it is global.
            Ersu/Flickr

            The Fear of Aging in Trump's New World

            Five decades of war on poor older adults will culminate with a nuanced switch in priorities in our federal budget. Reducing Mandatory while increase Discretionary budget spending.
            Lesley Duncan/Flickr

            Stroke and the Power of Brain Plasticity

            In our ageist view we judge older adults as ready to die and we fulfill this judgement by not helping their brain become re-engaged.
            http://mrsvf.weebly.com

            Never Too Old To Grow a "New Brain" Against Dementia

            So the good news is that all of us, especially older adults, have dementia. Yes, that is the good news.
            Francisco Osorio/Flickr Creative Commons

            Fallacy of Fluid/Crystalized Intelligence in Older Adults

            Fluid and Crystalized intelligence are a remnant of an old eugenicist legacy that have no practical or clinical use today. Is it time to discard them?
            Gabriel Crispino/Flickr creative commons

            Suicide: Not All in the Head

            The reason why suicide is going up is because we are ignoring its social component. A hundred years of research and we need to revisit Durkheim's suicide theory.
            Rudolf Vlček/Flickr Open Commons

            Witness My Life

            How witnessing--the act of affirming one's presence and passage in time--can be the love we seek.
            Humayunn Niaz Ahmed Peerzaada/Flickr

            If Alzheimer’s Disease Was Treated Like Cancer

            Translating The Blue Ribbon Panel of expert advisers basic steps in research applied for dementia. A real set of guidelines for the malady of the 21st century.
            Isabel Eyre/Flickr Creative Commons

            The Death of Biological Determinism

            A new study shows that genetics are not the sole factors that determine disease.
            Mario Garrett/Flickr

            How Mild Is "Mild Cognitive Impairment"?

            Is memory loss the slippery slope to Alzheimer's disease?
            Laura Dahl/Flickr

            Reversible Alzheimer's Disease

            Normal-pressure hydrocephalus mimics Alzheimer's disease and is likely to be diagnosed as such. But this syndrome can be reversed in most cases.
            evanleavitt@FLICKR

            Early Emotional Trauma and Alzheimer’s Disease

            Trauma in childhood, including emotional trauma are prime candidates for epi-genetic changes that seem to contribute to Alzheimer's disease.
            Zone Patcher by Fractua/www.flickr.com

            Wrong on So Many Fronts: The Amyloid Cascade Hypothesis

            Intellectual honesty is knowing that we do not know. Only then can we let go of long-held beliefs and explore alternatives.
            Mario Garrett

            Complexity Theory and Alzheimer’s disease: A Call to Action

            Another way out of the research cul de sac
            Flickr/you1293

            Piaget’s Missing Cognitive Stage

            Why did Jean Piaget stop at 11 years when he was developing his theory of cognitive development. Did ageism determine that he saw aging as simply a decline?
            https://wyhs-human-geography.wikispaces.com/

            Are We Ready to Throw Out Epidemiological Transition?

            Our knowledge of infectious diseases is changing how we view emerging pandemics and how we deal with diseases of old age.
            Ed Yourdon/Flickr

            A New Paradigm for Alzheimer's disease Research

            The zeal to find some biological marker for Alzheimer's disease has been unfounded. Emerging studies are now focussing more on the public health context of the disease.
            https://www.flickr.com/photos/63546268@N07/

            Too Many Bad Drugs for Older Adults

            What type of medications are dangerous for older adults?

            Death of Happiness is Greatly Exaggerated

            The Preservation of Human Energy Through Aging

            What does aging teach us about how the body preserves energy?

            Is Research Entering Into a New Eugenics Period?

            The illusion that Alzheimer's disease is a purely neurological disease has given birth to a new wave of biological determinism promoted by the RDoC classification of mental disease

            The Politics of Anguish

            Celebrating a century of research in Alzheimer's disease we still find the disease a conundrum. A new book argues that this has been brought about because of politics.
            https://www.flickr.com/photos/mariogarrett/19771845624/in/datetaken/

            We Are Becoming Gods

            While we are behaving more like gods, we are learning that we are less human.
            Mario Garrett

            Older Adults Care More

            Two main thoughts in modern history: Freud's psychoanalytic theory and Heidegger's philosophy of being both hinge on the concept of death. why is death necessary to explain living?
            Mario Garrett

            God, Mathematics and Psychology

            This discussion focuses on mathematics as a creation of psychology. Sophisticated, complex and ever evolving, but nevertheless psychology.
            https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AOlder_adult_ped_in_poor_walking_enviro_near_cville_(4904751913).jpg

            Lost With Dementia

            What is the best strategy for finding people with dementia who get lost?
            https://stocksnap.io/photo/6D2BBBEF99

            Legal Consequences of Dementia

            In addition to the personal changes that come with being diagnosed with dementia there are other broader consequences including medical, legal and financial considerations. A diagnosis is a crude awakening that changes your life.
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            The Psychology of Physics

            Perhaps Classical Mechanics was more a Treatise on Psychology rather than Physics

            Ontological Questions

            Why is Dasein--being in the present-- so important for Heidegger? Being a contrary, why not live in "they-selves" if the "our-selves" is so painful? If I was designing a new way of existing, would I elect to be aware of "being" and why?

            Geography of Aging and the Illusion of Self

            There is no "me". My body is a fusion of the outside world and an internal reality. The distinction between me and them is purely a creation of my mind. The separation comes as an afterthought. My mind creates this dualism, but in reality my body is fused with the geography and behavior of others around. The sense of self is how the body placates me.
            cbsnews

            Ménage à Trois: Sex, Dementia and the Law

            The law will need to re-evaluate the legal standing of someone with dementia. The crude methods of conservatorship and declaration of incompetence cannot deal with the fragile nature of relationships, and sexual relationship, among patients diagnosed with dementia.
             Luke Pamer: https://unsplash.com/

            Lifespan

            Why do people confuse lifespan, with life expectancy, with average years of life and years expected to live?
            Thong Vo used with permission from https://unsplash.com/

            Genetics of Longevity

            There is a schism between lifespan and theoretical lifespan…human behavior.
            Luke Pamer accessed with permission from https://unsplash.com/

            Life Expectancy

            Check a dictionary and the entry for Life Expectancy is WRONG...no wonder so many people misunderstand the concept.
            Reclaiming Senile

            Reclaiming Senile

            A collection of my Psychology Today Blogs
            Reclaiming Senile

            Reclaiming Senile

            A collection of my Psychology Today Blogs.
            Is Gut Bacteria Designed to Kill Older Adults?

            Is Gut Bacteria Designed to Kill Older Adults?

            There are 10 times more bacterial cells in your body than human cells. Although smaller than human cells, and weigh only 1-3% of our body weight, the 500-1,000 species of bacteria seem to have evolved with humans. We have an ostensibly symbiotic relationship with bacteria. But is this relationship the same when we get older, or is bacteria trying to kill us?
            How You Accept Other's stereotypes.

            How You Accept Other's stereotypes.

            The word senile has become associated with dementia, although its earlier meaning was "pertaining to old age." In the late 1900 neuroscientists were still referring to the term as old age hence "senile dementia." the it changed and senile become a derogatory term. Such stereotypes pervade our social life and we need to start eroding this negativity.
            Social Security: Supreme Court Denies Fifth Amendment

            Social Security: Supreme Court Denies Fifth Amendment

            The US Constitution protects citizens from seizure of property. Our Social Security contributions are an investment for our retirement. Such investments, as property, are the sole provider for most vulnerable, frail minority older adults. Protected under the Fifth Amendment such property cannot be denied. Or can it?
            Robin WIlliams's Autopsy Report

            Robin WIlliams's Autopsy Report

            Why do we find it so comforting to identify a biological disease as the cause of a trauma? Is this science or are we finding psychological excuses to not face the reality of an individual's pain and anguish?
            Is Cancer the Cure for Alzheimer's disease?

            Is Cancer the Cure for Alzheimer's disease?

            The finding that cancer is inversely associated with Alzheimer's disease has the biochemists in a frenzy to understand this relationship. But this observation has a more exciting theoretical implication.The implication is that Alzheimer's disease is determined by homeostasis, a balance. The search for single biomarkers is yet again exposed as a holy grail.
            Having Children Beneficial to Living Longer?

            Having Children Beneficial to Living Longer?

            Are we to take a new study seriously that having children increases our life expectancy, or is there a more simple explanation for the results of this new study from Denmark?
            Are Humans Heading for Extinction?

            Are Humans Heading for Extinction?

            A perfect storm is brewing, with women having fewer children, sperm count declining and the obesity rate increasing making it harder for women to conceive. All point towards the extinction of the human race. Were we so wrong in the 60s? Can we make it right?
            Is Castration the Answer to Living Longer?

            Is Castration the Answer to Living Longer?

            Is castration one way to cheat the body to stay around longer, or are there better ways to do that? Centenarians can show us a more pragmatic way to live longer.
            Grieve Alone, Your Way

            Grieve Alone, Your Way

            How come grief therapists got it so wrong with older adults? There are no stages.
            Are We Meant to Live Longer?

            Are We Meant to Live Longer?

            Our bodies are built to last longer than we are currently living to. Our cells can replicate for more than a few lifetimes, while stem cells can replace dying cells. So why are we using them up so quickly?
            How Old Are You?

            How Old Are You?

            If our body is in a constant frenzy of renewal how come we look so old?
            Heart to Heart Talk

            Heart to Heart Talk

            Heart transplant recipients report that they acquire characteristics and desires of their heart donors. Sometimes specific memories as well. Perhaps our heart does hold the secrets of love after all.
            Oldest Boldest Strongest

            Oldest Boldest Strongest

            Older adults are exceptional human beings...some are exceptional athletes at older age. There is a lot of variance in older adults' capacity and we need to start appreciating this diversity.
            Our Own Virtual Reality Box: The Brain

            Our Own Virtual Reality Box: The Brain

            If our brain is designed to make a model of reality, can we use this to explain older adults' behavior?
            Financial Elder Abuse by Banks, Casinos and Lawyers

            Financial Elder Abuse by Banks, Casinos and Lawyers

            Why are we going for the low hanging fruits in financial elder abuse? District Attorneys need to fill in the vacuum left by the lack of national policy priorities. We need to go for perpetrators that are quietly doing more financial harm to older adults: Banks, Lawyers and Casinos. This level of institutional abuse we can prevent.
            No Pissing Joke

            No Pissing Joke

            Why does urinating become more problematic the older you get?
            Is Dementia Caused By Aluminum Through Fluoridation?

            Is Dementia Caused By Aluminum Through Fluoridation?

            In some states where fluoridation is mandated like Kentucky, 41 percent of older adults have lost their teeth. What is the public health reasoning for making these people drink fluoridated water? Or don't they matter in the public health debate?
            Collecting Problems

            Collecting Problems

            Why do older adults hoard?
            Fluoridation and Dementia

            Fluoridation and Dementia

            If the beta-amyloid deposits are truly the cause of dementia then why do we allow fluoride in our water that causes them?
            Sleep Is the Best Medicine for Older Adults

            Sleep Is the Best Medicine for Older Adults

            Why older adults have difficulty sleeping and why this could accelerate negative outcomes.
            Traveling With Dementia

            Traveling With Dementia

            There is increasing friction caused by passengers with dementia (even early stage) when they have to maneuver the labyrinth of air travel.
            Death By Numbers

            Death By Numbers

            How many years will you gain at 87 if you eliminated all the main killers such as Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Stroke, Influenza and Pneumonia, and chronic obstructive lung disease? Is 5.7 years enough? So why are we so fixated on a cure and not in finding better CARE.
            Dating at Older Age

            Dating at Older Age

            Although ostensibly looking for different qualities on online dating sites, men and women share one common need--not to become caregivers (again).
            Our Subconscious Internal Reality

            Our Subconscious Internal Reality

            Our complex brain develops a very detailed reality simulation. We live in this simulated world more than we are conscious of. The simulation becomes more detailed the longer that we have had time to develop it so that in older age our reality simulation is at its most effective. Until we face a trauma. Then the simulation is shown for what it is, an illusion.
            Kafkaesque Government Guidelines on Dementia

            Kafkaesque Government Guidelines on Dementia

            If the government guidelines on dementia are designed to stimulate research why did they leave out psychology? Why are the guidelines geared up exclusively for organic diseases? Is the pharmaceutical industry running the science of dementia? So many questions, and so many answers, except these answers remain unheard because they come from psychologists.
            Down Syndrome and Aging

            Down Syndrome and Aging

            As people with intellectual and developmental disabilities age, they experience ill-health earlier and faster. They are also predisposed to get early onset dementia. Since most of their caregivers are aging parents, we are witnessing the disconnect between policy and needs of older adults.
            Following Your Spouse to Death

            Following Your Spouse to Death

            Overall male survivors were more likely to die than females. For both male and female the risk of death was the highest when their spouse died of dementia compared to other causes (20 and 16 percent higher mortality for males and female respectively).
            Complexity of Our Brain

            Complexity of Our Brain

            How can we map the brain's 125,000 trillion switches?
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            Casinos Preying on Older Adults

            Casinos Preying on Older Adults

            Casinos target older adults and their specified intention is to forge alliances that allow them to extend their reach into that community. Financial Elder Abuse laws might be their downfall.
            Cholesterol and Our Aging Brain

            Cholesterol and Our Aging Brain

            The brain is obese, more than 60 percent fat, hardly moves, and thrives on a diet of cholesterol which it produces itself. But that is how it functions as the most complex tool we have on this planet. And with 7.143 billion models, it is the most ubiquitous. You will be surprised why the brain produces so much cholesterol and why reducing cholesterol might not benefit all.
            Leaving Behind the Victim of Dementia

            Leaving Behind the Victim of Dementia

            Although our focus always goes to the victim of dementia, in our peripheral vision we forget to notice the detrimental effect dementia has on the caregiver.
            Fascination with Obituaries

            Fascination with Obituaries

            Why do older adults like to read the obituaries? Is it a morbid fascination or is this a strategy for surviving?
            If I Were to Be Young Again

            If I Were to Be Young Again

            What lessons would you pass to yourself in the past?
            Death Experience

            Death Experience

            How we experience death is in contradiction to our fear of it.
            Children are Already Demented

            Children are Already Demented

            If dementia is due to neuropathology, to some disease, then all of us should get dementia because most of us have some disease, some scaring in our brain. Even young adults have been found with such disease. The new guidelines from the National Institute on Aging makes everyone with such brain injuries demented. Is this a new biological determinism ignoring psychology?
            Cougar Sex

            Cougar Sex

            There are diverse articles written about older women having sex with younger men. Blame the biology which continues conspiring to match the sexual needs of older women with those of younger men.
            Children Killing their Parents

            Children Killing their Parents

            Why is there an increase in the number of children killing their parents? Fathers are twice as likely to be killed rather than mothers--by their 18 year old sons. Younger children use guns, while older ones use knives and other instruments.
            Dying to be Born

            Dying to be Born

            Dying cells are necessary for the development of specific organs, they are like the scouts in a new territory. So what does it say about cancer cells that never die?
            Aging Plastic Surgery

            Aging Plastic Surgery

            How will cosmetic surgery look on you when you become much older?
            Intergenerational Conflict: An American Artifact

            Intergenerational Conflict: An American Artifact

            When we spend so much on children and older adults why are our outcomes so poor compared to other OECD countries? Is the intergenerational conflict a product of political incompetence?
            Radical Wisdom of Older Adults

            Radical Wisdom of Older Adults

            A radical thinker has pertinent meaning about the role older adults need to adopt to become wise.
            Epigenetics and Dementia: The Role of the Environment

            Epigenetics and Dementia: The Role of the Environment

            Our predisposition to dementia, on the basis of family history, is only 10-5% of cases of dementia. This variance in dementia might be mediated or moderated by a mechanism controlled through epigenetic.
            Faith Leaders and End-Of-Life

            Faith Leaders and End-Of-Life

            Faith leaders become subservient to health care providers in the end-of-life debate. We need faith leaders to become better informed so that they can contribute intelligently to the debate.
            Diversity in Elder Abuse

            Diversity in Elder Abuse

            There is no culture that allows for the derogation of our elders. And there is an urgency to elder abuse cases. The victims have a high--natural in most cases--mortality.
            Dementia and Sex in Nursing Homes

            Dementia and Sex in Nursing Homes

            The variability of how we deal with sexual activity in a nursing home is indicative of the ambivalence we have about both sex and people with dementia. What is consent among people with diminished capacity?
            Happiness and Living Longer

            Happiness and Living Longer

            The ultimate secret to living to extremely older age is how you communicate with your body. Being happy tells your body that you are still part of life and want to be here. Happiness is how we communicate that we accept where we are and grateful for it.
            Fibs, Puffery, Lies and Immortality

            Fibs, Puffery, Lies and Immortality

            We die not because we are doing something wrong. Exercise, diet and self awareness through meditation is an excellent way to improve the quality of our life. But it will not reverse or stop aging. Telomerase activity is not the fountain of youth it is a promoter of cancer.
            Crying For Humanity

            Crying For Humanity

            Sometimes, when I am teaching young students, about the value of older age I am lost for words. We know, intuitively for ourselves how we have become wiser, but what "Is it all about?" This is what it is all about.
            Longevity and Religion/Spirituality

            Longevity and Religion/Spirituality

            Religion is not the same as spirituality, but what do they contribute to living longer. Studies show that older people are more likely to be religious or spiritual. What causes what and how does it affect how older adults are treated.
            Depression without Sadness

            Depression without Sadness

            How can we detect depression among older adults if they do not express sadness? This is why depression is the silent killer among older adults and the problem is not just the patient.
            Painful Death

            Painful Death

            Why do Americans still die in pain? When there should be outrage that older adults are subjected to inhumane treatment, what we see instead is posturing. How will you guarantee that you will not die in pain?
            Hospice and Religion at the End of Life

            Hospice and Religion at the End of Life

            Despite growing numbers of older constituents, most faith leaders are ill-equipped to deal with end of life issues. Religious leaders often receive little formal training in dealing with end-of-life issues; devote very little time to dying congregational members; and most surprisingly, are not comfortable talking about death.
            Minority Older Adults

            Minority Older Adults

            U.S. residents are less healthy than their European counterparts. The gap between U.S. health and that of other countries is becoming wider. Despite being the most lavish health care spender, the United States is falling farther behind other industrialized countries in overall health outcomes. Minority older adults fare much worse.
            Last Will and Testament

            Last Will and Testament

            Is it better to leave our children money or values?
            Ageless Animals

            Ageless Animals

            Ageless animals have thought us that there are two ways to live longer: increasing the lifespan and slowing down the aging process. Individually all we can do for now is to try to NOT accelerate aging by excessive negative behaviors.
            Conceptual Solution to Elder Abuse

            Conceptual Solution to Elder Abuse

            With a growing older adult population it is predictable that elder abuse will increase. What is needed is a program of prevention but very little effort is directed at this.
            Homeless Older Adults

            Homeless Older Adults

            The sad part of our economic depression is seeing older adults that have lost everything and become homeless. It's not that poverty is more difficult for some people than it is for others, but older adults often have less resilience to change their plight.
            The Old Age of Psychology

            The Old Age of Psychology

            Out of this changing situation, the fastest growing cause of death in America is however due to dementia. Unlike heart disease and cancer death rates--which are continuing to decline--deaths from Alzheimer’s disease are on the rise. Today is the age of "old age" and psychology is the science of gerontology.

            PagOlder Tourists

            Older Tourists

            Boomers are the wealthiest generation in history, and even though only 9 percent are truly affluent—defined as having pre-tax incomes of $150,000 or more if working, or $100,000 or more if retired—they will transform travel as we know it.

            Aging and Pandemics

            Although we have entered a tranquil and stable stage in our population--with an aging population where we are mainly dealing with long-term diseases--we do have the threat of pandemics that will dramatically affect this equilibrium. The question is not how, but when.
            We Are All Becoming Demented

            We Are All Becoming Demented

            The new NIA Alzheimer's disease guidelines miss out on the full picture of other mediating and moderating factors that control the expression of Alzheimer's disease. Why are the guidelines so skewed?
            Body Symphony: My personal experience of aging

            Body Symphony: My personal experience of aging

            Ill health is more than an inconvenience, it creates an imbalance.
            Body Music: My Personal Experience of Aging

            Body Music: My Personal Experience of Aging

            Kepler believed that music is the language of cosmology, but I believe music is also how our body communicates with us and our constant internal narrative.
            Aristotle and Cool Old Age

            Aristotle and Cool Old Age

            In the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, men with a core body temperature below the average (median) lived significantly longer than men with body temperature above the average.
            Taoist Orgasms Among Older Adults

            Taoist Orgasms Among Older Adults

            With women surviving longer than men, Taoist teachings ignored females in order to make their assertions about longevity hold true.
            Pet Therapy For Older Adults

            Pet Therapy For Older Adults

            Training your pet for Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) is a long term commitment for both you and your pet. But by training your pet to become a service animal you not only become better engaged with your pet and the community, you will become part of the therapy for frail older adults.
            Aging Teeth

            Aging Teeth

            Oral health is not just about good hygiene but also about good healthy habits. The mouth tells us a lot about the overall health of an individual. Maintaining good gum health reduces speed of aging.
            Caregiving: What Harm Can It Do?

            Caregiving: What Harm Can It Do?

            Caring for someone you love is, or will be, one of the most stressful events in your life. By recognizing this and managing your obligations so that you give yourself respite, you will go some way to not becoming ill or harming yourself.
            Anti-Aging : A New Windmill for Don Quixote

            Anti-Aging : A New Windmill for Don Quixote

            In 2009, the American Medical Association (AMA) assessed the risks and benefits of growth hormone, testosterone, estrogen, and DHEA for anti-aging. The AMA concluded that the risks outweigh the potential benefits.
            The Big Lie

            The Big Lie

            Why is it that economists, psychologists and gerontologists cannot get this message out to the public? The big lie involves social security and how USA government expropriated an insurance program out of $2.7 trillion that makes bankers look like petty thieves.
            Plastic Surgery: Vanity in Older Age

            Plastic Surgery: Vanity in Older Age

            Why are more and more older adults reverting to surgery to make them look younger?

            Loving Your Brain

            There is more to Empathy—the human ability to feel the pain that others experience. It also predisposes understanding, attachment, bonding and love and makes our brain more loving.
            How Physicians Die

            How Physicians Die

            Physicians know their prognosis more than the general public. So when they know that they are dying how do they deal with it. The answer might surprise you.
            Aging Prisoners

            Aging Prisoners

            The USA has 2,304,115 people incarcerated, which is more than the population of 83 countries in the world. As prisoners age, who is responsible for them? The parallel is with our own aging. Are we taking responsibility for our aging? This article exposes how aging is a taboo.
            Gerontocracy, Plutocracy, Oligarchy and the Aging Revolution

            Gerontocracy, Plutocracy, Oligarchy and the Aging Revolution

            The aging revolution has some unintended consequences in politics...is it time to have a health check for our politicians?
            Are Older Adults Lonelier?

            Are Older Adults Lonelier?

            A general assumption exists that older people are lonelier then other age groups, but this is not the case. The issue with loneliness among older adults is that it might reflect other more serious changes.
            Fear of Dementia

            Fear of Dementia

            After cancer, dementia is looming its ugly head as a fearsome monster. How an modern man and women conquer the fear?
            Sex, Romance, and Relationships of Older Adults

            Sex, Romance, and Relationships of Older Adults

            Sex and romance are important for all adults, including older adults. Does sex change with age and is it due to medication?
            Ageism and Modern Variants

            Ageism and Modern Variants

            What are the different ways that we treat older adults differently?
            Older Adults' Guns Killing Our Children

            Older Adults' Guns Killing Our Children

            Although older adults might be the owners of guns, and tend to have guns in their household, the victims are children—theirs and others'.
            Crying Older Adults

            Crying Older Adults

            Does crying serve a function? And who benefits most?
            Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

            Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll

            What are the issues surrounding recreational drug use among older adults?
            Aging Tattoos

            Aging Tattoos

            More than a third of 18-25 year olds in the USA have a tattoo. What happens when their tattoo starts aging?
            America's Obligated Deficit

            America's Obligated Deficit

            What no one wants to touch, Medicare and Social Security in the USA is known as the third rail, an electrified rail. This post touches on some of those electrifying issues.
            Happiness and Dementia

            Happiness and Dementia

            Why are older adults happier and can people suffering dementia experience happiness as well?
            Sense of Smell and Dementia

            Sense of Smell and Dementia

            Is there a way to predict the early stages of dementia? Perhaps your sense of smell provides a clue.
            LGBT Frail Older Adults

            LGBT Frail Older Adults

            How is aging a different experience for most LGBT frail older adults?
            Preparing for Death

            Preparing for Death

            Similar to the Victorians, we shy away from talking about death, our eventual demise. But communicating our wishes is the only way to ensure that our wishes might be honored.

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            Assisted Living

            Assisted Living

            The emerging cottage industry of providing assisted living for frail older adults is fraught with problems that politicians do not want to address because they see it as an alternative to nursing homes.
            Dementia

            Dementia

            The demographic facts of dementia are worrisome.
            Aging in Place

            Aging in Place

            What are NORCs? Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities. See how they impact aging in place in San Diego.
            Elder Abuse

            Elder Abuse

            Often called the quiet violence elder abuse is on the increase.
            Sex in Older Age

            Sex in Older Age

            Sex has been shown to promote longevity, but what are the issues?
            The Cost of Dying

            The Cost of Dying

            Pricing death out of health insurance.Is this the solution to how we manage the end of life?
             Live Long and Prosper

            Live Long and Prosper

            What ever happened to all those people preaching immortality?
            Dying to Live Longer (2)

            Dying to Live Longer (2)

            Science has many strange beginnings and the final frontier in humanity is the question of immortality.
            Dying to Live Longer (1)

            Dying to Live Longer (1)

            These stories might seem strange but they created the science of endocrinology.
            Brain Plasticity in Older Adults

            Brain Plasticity in Older Adults

            Ever wonder what it takes to learn, even in older age?
            Dying for Real

            Dying for Real

            It is estimated that 100 billion people have died since humans emerged on earth, but do we know when someone is dead?
            Cemeteries as Toxic Landfills

            Cemeteries as Toxic Landfills

            Our final legacy to the world is how we are buried or cremated, but what is a greener way of burial?

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