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Aging Parents in Crisis: What Can Be Done from Afar

It was my mom in Pennsylvania. She tells me that she has some difficult news, that my father’s been admitted to the hospital with serious delusions and she’s concerned for their future. I hold my breath. How could this be? I had just seen my father on one of my annual visits to my hometown only a month prior, and…

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Dementia and Music: A Language of Compassion

“Music heals the wounds that medicine cannot touch.” – Debasish Mridha Walking into the nursing home, my husband and I go mostly unnoticed. Feet shuffle by us without pause and faces are frozen in their expression. We feel like we’ve encountered an invisible wall standing between us and the facility’s residents. Even our smiles and small talk can’t seem to…

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