Love and Aging

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They say love changes everything. But time changes love.

Just how much it can change became front page news last week, when the family of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor revealed that her husband had fallen in love with a fellow Alzheimer's patient.

And she was happy for him.

What happens to the part of ourselves that loves as the mind ages, and changes?

Our culture celebrates young love. But mature love is filled with passion too, even as our memories leave us. Seniors living for the moment - not the past.

This hour On Point: how we love when we grow old.Guests:

Robin Dessel, director of special care services at the Hebrew Home at Riverdale in New York.

Dr. Gary Small, professor of psychiatry and behavorial sciences and director of the Center on Aging at UCLA.

Anne Basting, director of the Center on Age and Community at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

This program aired on November 30, 2007.


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