Depression and dementia in the age of COVID-19: Two sides, one coin

Donald Weaver, University of Toronto Every seven seconds, someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia. A typical case that I often see in my practice is as follows: A 76-year-old woman has a two-year history of progressive worsening of short-term memory and cognitive decline. She can’t recall the names of her grandchildren and is …

How to calmly navigate personal interactions during COVID-19

Laura Rees, Queen’s University, Ontario Thanks to COVID-19, we’ve slowly built new routines centred on being at home. But as we start to enter various phases of reopening and increased contact, we may feel uncomfortable interacting in person again. Treating each interaction as a type of micro-negotiation provides a helpful road map for navigating these …

Why face masks can make eyes feel dry, and what you can do about it

Lyndon Jones, University of Waterloo Face masks help reduce coronavirus transmission, which has prompted mandates and expert recommendations for their use where social distancing is difficult. As the world emerges from shutdowns, wearing face masks for extended periods of time in settings such as offices will increase. While these protective measures are essential to combating …

What Groundhog Day (and my time in a monastery) taught me about lockdown

Dawn LaValle Norman, Australian Catholic University Phil: What would you do if you were stuck in one place, and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered? Stage 4 lockdown is upon Melbourne for the next six weeks. How do we cope with the new normal of staying in our houses …

Experience is overrated: amazing liberating grace

Grace is the experience of being delivered from experience. Martin Luther Martin Luther’s doctrinal affirmation of salvation by faith through God’s grace comprised the bedrock of Protestantism to this day. The above lesser known quote attributed to Martin Luther offers us food for thought about grace on a more personal day-to-day level. Why does experience—our …