Helen Kales, M.D., is professor of psychiatry and Director of the Section of Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. She is the Director of the Program for Positive Aging (PPA), which focuses on emotional wellness, aging well and improving life for those with later-life depression or dementia and their caregivers.

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