In this chapter I want to discuss common themes and conflicts for physicians who are approaching their sixties or are in them. This is a stage of life when humans are trying to deal effectively with aging, illness, and death while simultaneously retaining a zest for life.1 As married individuals, their task is to support each other in their struggles for fulfillment and productivity in the face of aging. They try to remain intimate with each other despite fears of sexual failure, desertion (by death or divorce), and loneliness. Often both partners are grappling with loss as family members and close friends move away or die. One’s physical surroundings also change if there is a move from the family home into an apartment or from a diverse residential neighborhood into a retirement community.
KeywordsAdult Child Audit Committee Marital Problem Marital Discord Retirement Community
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