Understanding Aging

By 2030, the number of Americans age 65 and over has been projected to reach about 71.5 million, nearly 10 million of whom will be 85 and up. The good news is that many seniors report better health, greater wealth, and higher levels of education than seniors in past decades. Research on how to stay active and sharp and how to grow wiser is proliferating—it's up to us to act on the information now.

Recent posts on Aging

Oxygen and Aging

What is best way to combat free-radicals of oxygen?

How Mindfulness Can Help Us Cope With the Fear of Death

By Steve Stankevicius M.D. on September 28, 2016 in The Skeptical Shrink
For many, the afterlife offers the quintessential form of closing the eyes and blocking the ears. But for people like myself who do not subscribe to the stories, what are we to do?

Memory Loss Associated With Alzheimer's May Be Reversible

By Kevin Murnane, Ph.D. on September 28, 2016 in The Info Monkey
New research holds out hope that the loss of memory function that accompanies Alzheimer's may be preventable and reversible if the disease is caught early enough.

The Golden Years...Not So Golden.

By Ana Nogales on September 28, 2016 in Family Secrets
Think of the last day of your life. How will you feel to reflect on your journey?

How Taking a Vacation or Meditating Can De-Stress Your Brain

You're feeling chronically stressed out by work, money, family, or commuting. Will a vacation solve the problem or do you need to take more drastic measures like meditating?

What Does Your Plastic Brain Need to Grow?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Brain Waves
What does your brain need to grow? Create these 8 neuroplastic circumstances to enrich your brain!

On Autumn and Fall, Life's Last Smile

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Coping with nearing the end of life's conveyer belt.

Making Better Medical Decisions

By Haider Warraich M.D. on September 26, 2016 in On Modern Medicine
Modern healthcare can come with a dizzying array of options, many of which could mean different destinations.

Myth: I’m Too Old to Find Love

Everyone dreams of finding sweet love.

How Should We Plan for Growing Old?

What determines our satisfaction as we age?

Sibling Conflict and Gender

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Life After 50
Are your siblings sharing the burden of caring for Mom?

What We Know About Aging Americans and Their Caregivers

As the U.S. population ages, older adults are less likely to live in poverty, but more likely to require care.

Witness My Life

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in iAge
How witnessing--the act of affirming one's presence and passage in time--can be the love we seek.

Evolutionary Adaptations and Male Mortality

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in This Is America
The most social of the sciences, evolutionary biology draws on anthropology, endocrinology, and genetics to understand male aging, including the gender gap in mortality rates.

Storytelling Is a Conduit for Intergenerational Learning

Have you shared a well-told story with a teen or grandchild lately? The result could be transformative for both of you!

How Self-Initiated Laughter Can Make You Feel Better

By Christopher Bergland on September 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
William James once said, "We don't laugh because we're happy, we're happy because we laugh." New research confirms that laughter improves psychological and physical well-being.

The Man Who Did Not Feel Well

How much has medicine changed since I was a boy?

Unspeakables

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in How To Do Life
What would you say to your mirror that you couldn't say to any person?
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Understanding and Choosing Better Coping Skills

When it comes to better understanding and treating addiction, we can learn a lot by looking at a person’s coping mechanisms.

Why Young People Should Care About Aging

By Dawn C. Carr MGS, Ph.D. on September 16, 2016 in The Third Age
Young adults still view aging issues as largely irrelevant in their lives. All young people today should be planning for their lives to last nine decades.

Aging

By Graham Collier on September 15, 2016 in The Consciousness Question
Such is the journey of human consciousness.

Fascinating Evidence Shows How Melatonin Can Help With GERD

By Lucy O'Donnell on September 15, 2016 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Are you suffering from a multitude of gastrointestinal problems. Look at the findings that suggest melatonin, aside from its other benefits, may greatly help.

Were the 1970s Better or Worse Than the 60s?

Ah, the 1970s, when we used our own heads as one giant roller. When Jade East, English Leather, Herbal Essence, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Pursettes filled our backpacks.

Wisdom in the White House and Older Presidents

By Alan Castel Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Metacognition and the Mind
Should we be concerned and/or excited about older-aged presidents in the White House, as old age is associated with wisdom?

Want to Be Young and Healthy Forever?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Here's the science that will help!

Resting in Peace

How should we think about our own inevitable mortality?

Age as a Factor in Sexual Orientation and Attraction

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on September 13, 2016 in Finally Out
Sexuality research focusing exclusively on genital sex to the exclusion of attraction, affection and affiliation falls short in our understanding of sexual orientation or identity.

Grumpy Old Men (And Women) Are a Myth

By Becky Ready Ph.D., ABPP on September 13, 2016 in Your Quality of Life
If you are a healthy, older adult, your emotional resources may be at their lifetime peak.

Study Warns Sex Is Good for Older Women, Risky for Older Men

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 12, 2016 in Cravings
Sex is different for men and women, in more ways than one. A recent study explains.

Study: More Exercise Isn't Necessarily Better for Your Brain

By Christopher Bergland on September 10, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you hate to exercise? If so, I have good news. A new study reports that you do not have to be an exercise fanatic to reap the neuroprotective benefits of physical activity.