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A New Stretch of the River

Navigating Life’s Final Stages

March/April 2018
As we age, our bodies and relationships change, and the pace of change accelerates. At 70, we’re unlikely to be able to function as we did in our 50s. We require fresh visions and new paradigms for framing our experiences. What worked yesterday will not be sufficient for tomorrow.

Occupational Wisdom

What Therapists Can Teach Us about Growing Old Gracefully

March/April 2018
Does being a therapist give us an edge in coping with the inescapable phenomenon of aging? Three prominent psychotherapists—Irvin Yalom, Joan Klagsbrun, and Erv Polster—share both how their experience with older clients has shaped their slant on their own mortality and how their own aging may be changing the way they approach psychotherapy.
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Family Matters

Living Backward and Forward: In Search of the Stories that Bind Us

March/April 2018
In search of the stories that can bind a family together.

Writing on Water

A Diary of Riding Out the Storm

July/August 2015
A therapist discovers what it means to be fully present, even in the face of the terrifying prospect of a declining mind.

Family Matters

We’ll Never Be Here Again: Stopping to Listen on a Late-life Passage

July/August 2015
A sexagenarian contemplates the sobering knowledge that she’s got “a tiny little future and a great big past.”

Narrowing the Gap

Striving for Honesty in the Therapy Room

March/April 2015
Anticipating endings may encourage us to grasp the present with greater vitality.

Family Matters

A Little Wiggle Room

January/February 2015
It’s never too late to change your story

Family Matters

Louder than Words: The Unspoken Code of Fathers and Sons

January/February 2014
A Bruce Springsteen song helps crack the unspoken code of father–son communication.

Family Matters

More More Time: Discovering the Endless Present

September/October 2013
A new retiree discovers the elusive secret of the endless present.

In Consultation

Doing What's Best for Mom and Dad: Helping Contentious Siblings Find Common Cause

September/October 2010
A parent's failing health can stir up a hornet's nest of trouble among adult siblings.
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