Ten Thousand Joys & Ten Thousand Sorrows A Couple's Journey Through Alzheimer's, by Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle
Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle is a writer, therapist and teacher. She taught in the field of Behavorial Medicine where she pioneered how to bring meditation, yoga, and cognitive therapy into the medical domain to treat stress-related and chronic illness. She helped to develop one of the first training programs in Mind/Body medicine in the country and trained health professionals through Harvard Medical School.

Her teaching and writing are inspired by over thirty years of practice in psychology, Buddhist meditation, and the wisdom traditions. Having taught meditation and cognitive therapy in a wide variety of settings from government agencies to school systems, she now focuses on elder issues, spirituality and conscious aging.

An elder with two grown children and four grandsons, she lives in Massachusetts and spends as much time as she can in Vermont where she grows vegetables, welcomes family and friends, and steeps herself in the glories of nature. She continues to teach, counsel, and write.

Excerpts from a talk given in February 2009

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Harrison Hoblitzelle received his Ph.D in Comparative Literature and devoted the rest of his life to teaching. He taught at Barnard, Columbia, and Brandeis University. After a mid-life career shift, he became a family therapist, taught Counseling Psychology at Lesley University, and finally, after being ordained a Dharmacharya (senior teacher) by Thich Nhat Hanh, he taught Buddhist meditation for the rest of his life. His great loves were music, singing, literature, the dharma, his children, and lots of laughter.

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