Invited Perspective| Volume 26, ISSUE 10, P1047-1049, October 2018

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Memory, Mood, and Marriage: Examining the Interplay in Older Adults

  • Ellen E. Lee
    Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA

    Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA
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  • Meera Balasubramaniam
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    Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY
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      My every molecule seems to scream out that I do, indeed, exist, and that existence must be valued by someone! Without someone to walk this labyrinth by my side, without the touch of a fellow traveler who understands my need of self-worth, how can I endure the rest of this uncharted journey?—Diana McGowin, 1993
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