Ken Druck

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The Psychology of Being a Family in the Second Half of Life

We usually think of family as what happens in the first half of life with our family of origin. That’s changing as America ages. By 2034 there will be 77 million people age 65 and older, surpassing the number under the age of 18. Dr. Druck shares what this means in human terms, and how we can find hope as we grieve the loss of the younger version of parents – and ourselves.

It’s Not Easy Raising a Parent

In coming up with the title of his new book, Dr. Druck chose the word “raising” to convey the same sort of relationship that parents have with their kids and how that relationship can begin to reverse between adult children and aging parents. Raising “is not controlling – it’s loving, working with and raising them up, supporting and helping them face into their options and make good choices,” he says.

Uncluttering: To Avoid Leaving a Mess for Our Families

When we help an aging parent or relative to downsize, we encounter reminders of our own lives “passing before our eyes.” When we go through a loved one’s belongings after they have died, it stirs up all kinds of emotions about where we have been and our own mortality. Dr. Druck discusses how we can make peace with the past, overcome fear, and find courage to create the best possible lives for our loved ones and ourselves.

Adult Siblings of Aging Parents: Make Peace, Not War

When our parents age we are called back into our family of origin and the relationships we have with our parents and siblings. Family roles (scapegoat, black sheep, hero) can resurface along with dynamics that can put siblings at odds or even leave them estranged. Dr. Druck discusses how to “take the high road” at a time when parents need their kids to be working together on their behalf, not waging sibling wars.

Embracing Aging in a Youth-Obsessed Culture

We live in a culture that’s obsessed with youth, dreads aging, and avoids discussions of mortality. Dr. Druck shares how we can find peace with aging, for our parents and ourselves by summoning newfound courage and humility.

Educating Families Against School Violence

“How to Talk to Your Kids About Violence” is the title of a book Dr. Druck wrote after the 1999 Columbine High School massacre. From his experience working with survivors of that tragedy, 9/11, and the 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, he shares what families and communities can do to help prevent and begin to heal from acts of mass violence.

National Tragedies: Journey Through Grief

Dr. Druck discusses how we can cope as individuals, communities, and a nation when tragedies strike — and how we can honor those who have been lost in the ways we live on. He calls these "The Six Honorings.”

Leaving a Legacy of Love

Dr. Druck discusses how we can live the later seasons of life with joy, gratitude, and the hope that comes from “paying it forward” — for our kids, grandkids, and future generations.

Permission to Love Again

When we lose a loved one or a beloved pet, it’s natural to go through a time of grieving. But a time comes when we need to decide whether our hearts break open or closed. From his own experience losing a beloved pet and rescuing a new dog, Dr. Druck shares how to give yourself permission to love again.

Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Visits

Family gatherings can be a minefield when they invoke family dramas. sarcasms, or superficiality. Dr. Druck discusses “how to show up” for the holidays, avoid unnecessary fighting and even make them into lifetime memories.

Self-Care Checklist for the Sandwich Generation ­

Dr. Druck shares how to care for yourself and avoid burnout when you feel pulled in dozen different directions by your life, work and caregiving responsibilities. Learn about the seven self-care saboteurs and develop a self-care Master Plan that gets results.

Taking Away Your Parent’s Car Keys

Dr. Druck discusses how to tell when it is time for your elderly parent to stop driving, move out of the family home, see a doctor, and adjust to some of life’s unwelcome changes. He gives families tips for lovingly helping their aging loved ones adjust to a new normal as they lose some of their independence and reimagine their best possible futures.

Holidays: Deepening Bonds of Love

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or other special occasions, each year we get opportunities to strengthen loving relationships. Dr. Druck shares ways to do it including making lists titled "25 Things I love About You” and "What I Want to Apologize For.”

Secrets of Resilience and Courage After A Significant Loss

Dr. Druck taught grief literacy at the Harvard School of Public Health and created an award-winning community volunteer program called Families Helping Families for bereaved families who had lost a loved one. A thought leader in understanding grief and loss, he discusses how we can transit the experience of loss to heal and grow into our better selves.
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