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Chapter 12

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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
Menopause
the "change of life" period for women when menstruation and ovulation stop; some women experience major physical symptoms, such as dizziness and "hot flashes"
Gerontology
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
Thanatology
the study of death and of methods of coping with it
Hospices
places where temporarily ill people can live out their lives in comfort and away from a hospital