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Movie Review: Cloud 9

By Anita Hoffer, PhD Cloud 9 Directed by Andreas Dresen.  Produced by Peter Rommel; photography by Michael Hammon. Starring Ursula Werner (as Inge), Horst Rehberg (as Werner), Horst Westphal (as Karl) and Steffi Kuehnert (as Petra). In German with English subtitles. Not rated. Music Box Films, 942 W. Lake Street, Chicago, IL 60607 (312) 492-9364   www.musicboxfilms.com Running time: 1 hour 38 minutes. Reviewed by... Read more...

The Last Intimate Thing

By Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE I listened to a program recently about end-of-life choices — not about healthcare options but rather about the real end — the choices  for body disposition. Familiar only with traditional cremation and burial, I was surprised by the number of other options today — green burial (sans embalming, shroud instead of coffin), green cremation (better smokestack filters, no pine... Read more...

Reflections on Mature Sexuality

By Melanie Davis, PhD, CSE I don’t often write poetry; most of my writing involves workshops, lectures, and lesson plans. Once in a while, though, I am moved to write a poem. I wrote this one in 2006, and it wasn’t until I re-read it recently that I realized how closely it suits my current work in sexuality and aging.  I offer it to you in hopes of inspiring you to reflect on your own maturing sexual... Read more...

The Times, They are A-Changin’ (Bob Dillon, 1970)… or Are They?

By Katherine Forsythe, MSW (www.getasecondwind.com www.katherineforsythe.com ) Recently, I lost a good friend, Clyde Miller, MD (psychiatry), who spent much of his professional life campaigning for the sexual rights of older adults. He was 93 – and still seeing patients – when he died. His wife graciously gave me his professional scrap book of articles and notes about sex and aging, hoping that I and my... Read more...

On Going Gray

By Carolyn Cooperman Despite my feminist leanings, the decision to let my brown hair grow in gray took me about 30 years to make.  Most of the women in my age group still rinse, dye, or streak regularly.  You can even find women in nursing homes who still color their hair.  I eventually met the challenge, and here are some pleasant memories of the experience. My young grandson, in his wisdom, simplified the... Read more...

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