Social or Physical Distancing: Is There a Difference?

By Dr. Peggy Determeyer Director, Community Bioethics and Aging Center For nearly two months, it is difficult to listen to a news program without hearing about the coronavirus and the need to maintain “social distancing.”  Several experts have expressed dismay at the use of this term, noting that we are not to engage in social distancing, but rather, physical distancing.  We still need to socialize,…

Your Life and Times: What Stories Can You Tell?

By Dr. Peggy Determeyer Director, Community Bioethics and Aging Center When my mother died and our family gathered for her funeral, my dad used the occasion as an opportunity to share some of their stories – his youth and formative years in Indonesia; experiences during the second world war; and his meeting my mother, their courtship, and marriage.  This was the first time that we…

Solitary Death in the Time of Coronavirus

By Dr. Peggy Determeyer Director, Community Bioethics and Aging Center   One of my favorite artists, Neil Diamond, had a hit many years ago entitled, “Solitary Man.”  While written by Diamond, it was also recorded by numerous other artists, who lamented the absence of love, with the singer remaining a “solitary man” until he can “find one girl who loves me.”  While the thought is…