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Empty-nest Period

the time of life when the children are grown and leave; for some people, this event leads to feelings of uselessness and depression


the "change of life" period for women when menstruation and ovulation stop; some women experience major physical symptoms, such as dizziness and "hot flashes"


the branch of psychology that studies the aging process and the problems of older people

Senile Dementia

the loss of mental faculties as a result of aging

Cerebral Arteriosclerosis

a blockage of blood vessels to the brain that results in the loss of mental faculties

Alzheimer's Disease

the loss of chemical nerve cell transmitters and other damage to nerve transmission that result in mental deterioration


the study of death and of methods of coping with it


places where temporarily ill people can live out their lives in comfort and away from a hospital

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