What are the biggest fashion mistakes you see in older women?
I see two main ones: The first is to hang onto things that date you or that have outlived their purpose or usefulness. There’s nothing wrong with wearing a terrific classic piece repeatedly that makes you look great and pulls an outfit together successfully. And there’s nothing wrong with wearing an older, special, creative piece that speaks to your personality. But often older women get stuck in a rut of repetition or wear things that were fashionable 5-10 years earlier. Life changes, fashion changes, and when we embrace that change, we feel fresher. We feel like we’re moving forward and not living the past. It’s energizing!
You are the founder of Cirkel, which promotes intergenerational networking through cultural events. How did you come up with this idea?
Cirkel as a concept was something I was thinking through for about a year before the first event ever took place. I had been living with my parents for four years after graduating from college and established a totally new relationship with them as basically adult roommates.
You are a psychiatrist and professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with a research focus on dementia, public health policy, end of life care, and bioethics education. What led you to write your new book, Dementia Reimagined?
My mother and grandmother both had dementia. I was surprised and humbled to see how little I knew about good care for dementia, even though I am a physician and medical school professor. I hope the book will provide some of the information I wish I'd had.