Love in Later Life

November 27, 2007 at 2:05 am 3 comments

While issues of lifelong learning, civic engagement, and retirement are prominent in discussions of productive aging for Boomers, the emotional side of aging is often ignored, although often unintentionally.  Last week’s New York Times featured an important and touching article entitled “Love in the Time of Dementia.”  Although the article focuses on personal and intimate relationships as affected by dementia, it also features insights on how the dynamics of love relationships may change as we age. 

While these topics may not be popular or easy to discuss, what resources are provided by your library concerning love and dating in later life?  How have you seen emotional issues such as the ones addressed in the above article play out among your library patrons?


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  • 1. Arthur Mboue  |  January 14, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Love in the time of Dementia by Kate Zernike
    The story of John O’Connor’s life time incarceration in the nursing facility is very painful to people with the belief in devotion and ‘better or worse’ marriage contract clause. It is more painful because the sentencing judge in this case was Judge Sandra O’Connor and the crime was illness of her husband. It is a good precedent for men and women who will follow Justice Sandra O’Connor’s footsteps as a model. A brief background of Sandra O’Connor will indicate that she is a rich woman and first female US Justice (‘9 black band’) that means she does not need extra cash to live a normal life. In addition, for almost 3 decades, the O’Connor have been a model of perfect couple with dancing ‘addiction’, kissing and hugging like actors and actresses (anti GOP couples). But, when the closing ‘life’ argument of these dancing scenes did tie John O’Connor to a very manageable illness, Dementia, his own wife and best friend did send him to a facility instead of recusing herself to spend time with him because she can afford it and they used to be good lovers and dancing partners. That is a tragedy, a dual tragedy because Sandra Day O’Connor with this proved record of selfishness and greediness and her old age, 76, will have trouble to find another partner to risk his life on her hands. Another tragedy is that John O’Connor, her former rich partner for ‘better and worse’, life is now on the abusing hands of nurses as a justice approved new poor man. Who will be next? who will move from rich to rag by reason of selfishness of former partner, that the question Sandra must answer for her followers
    Arthur Mboue, MBA, JD

  • 2. Arthur Mboue  |  February 25, 2008 at 8:48 pm


  • 3. Noël Ndong  |  April 15, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    Bonjour Arthur, ton mail ne passe pas. J’espère que tu vas bien. Quio de neuf? J’ai passé ton mail à Nicole. As-tu eu de ses nouvelles?


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