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Invisibility Squared: The Challenges of Living as a Transgender Older Adult

Transparent Jeffrey Tambor as Maura Pfefferman

By Tarynn Witten, PhD, LCSW (Member, APA Division 44*) & Brian Carpenter, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Aging) The award-winning Amazon Studios series, Transparent, highlights one of the most invisible of invisible groups – transgender older adults. The lead character, Maura Pfefferman (born Mort Pfefferman), has lived most of her life as a man and begins to express her female gender identity only later in life. This intersection of identities […]

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Heads Up, Health Professionals: 28 Tips for Treating Older Clients

By Megan Carlos, PhD (Member, APA Committee on Disability Issues in Psychology) and Jennifer Moye, PhD (Chair, APA Committee on Aging) On a Thursday at 3:30 pm, a psychologist received a request to evaluate the capacity of Mr. Mather, an 83 year old medical inpatient. He had previously agreed to a scheduled surgery, but was now refusing at the point of pre-surgical consent. He had trouble explaining why and seemed […]

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