Editorial| Volume 29, ISSUE 9, P941-943, September 2021

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Commentary on Historical Intimate Partner Violence and Its Impact on Well-Being and Risk for Elder Abuse in Older Women

Published:January 22, 2021DOI:
      Years ago, when I was teaching a graduate course on adult development and aging, I came across a cartoon by Roz Chast in the New Yorker magazine entitled “Mental Baggage Claim.”

      R Chast, “Mental Baggage Claim” cartoon published in The New Yorker magazine, September 24, 1990.

      On a moving conveyor belt, people were waiting to pick up their historical baggage: “Excuse me, I believe I see my resentment of physical beauty.” “Those life-long regrets about stopping ballet lessons when I was ten? Those are mine.” “Oh, there's my hypochondria coming out right now.” Not adequately coming to terms with issues in lives can have life-long consequences that carry over into late life. This can be true of past negative life events.
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      1. R Chast, “Mental Baggage Claim” cartoon published in The New Yorker magazine, September 24, 1990.

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