Spring rites are celebrated and acknowledged around the world. In Iran, the first day of Spring is also the first day of the New Year, or Noroos. Noroos is an ancient Zoroastrian holiday that Persians have celebrated with rituals that focus on the beginning and end of life, on rebirth, and on good and evil in the world. It is a time of reflection and renewal. Read More
Reading is tantamount to taking a mental holiday. On cold winter days books can take us away on adventures, to warm beaches, to a better understanding of ourselves and our lives. They can link us to memories of the past and lead us to new beginnings. Reading is a great stress reducer, unfortunately 23% of Americans did not read a single book in 2013. Read More
Vacations are an important ingredient in the recipe for a happy and fulfilled life. Unfortunately modern life seems to be ever more busy and more hectic. Research indicates that for most Americans a perceived lack of time is a major source of stress. Read More
Caregivers often spend months or even years living in what amounts to solitary confinement. In the United States between 30 and 38 million adults, mostly women provide regular ongoing care for a family member or loved one. The stresses and burdens of providing 24 hour care, seven days a week can be debilitating. Caregivers need help. Read More
Taco Bell is to be commended for their 2013 Super Bowl commercial depicting a group of elders enjoying life. Unfortunately such glimpses are all too rare in our ageist world. More common messages are like the message recently verbalized by a Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso who last month said: Let the elderly hurry up and die. Read More
Jasmin Tahmaseb-McConatha, Ph.D., is a professor at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. She researches aging and well-being.