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

Is Dying Our Greatest Fear?

Does fear of death become greater or lesser as you age?

What Older Dads Need To Know

Are geeks taking over the world? The sons of older fathers are more geeky, and do better academically in success-predicting academics. The "Geek Index" helps us study geekiness.

One-Hit Wonder

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about a has-been, who feels his best days are behind him.

Retire?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
An internal dialogue.

How Hobbies Impact Your Head and Your Heart

Are you looking to feel happier, younger and smarter? An hour a day could make all the difference.

To Age Well, You Need Friends

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 19, 2017 in Open Gently
New research suggests that the importance of friendship increases with age. This works both ways—quarrels with friends, it suggests, is tied to chronic health problems.
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Where Do Gerontologists Fit on Interdisciplinary Teams?

By Christina M. Pierpaoli on June 18, 2017 in Eng(aging)
Gains in longevity have introduced clinical complexities that require diverse skills and perspectives. Where do gerontologists sit at the table?

How Does Your Age Difference Affect Your Relationship?

6 core questions to know if your age-gap relationship has what it takes to last.
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Talking With Your Parent About Aging and Death

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 16, 2017 in On Call
Ways to deal with a life stage that brings opportunities as well as challenges.

Four Pitfalls of Being a Grandparent

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on June 16, 2017 in Life After 50
Becoming a grandparent is one of life’s milestones. But no matter how close you are to your son or daughter and his/her spouse, you’re bound to have different ideas about it.

Surviving Father's Day

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Social Lights
Strategies for coping with father loss.

How Our Bodies Age (Part 3)

What changes in our nervous system can we expect as we age? And what are the implications?

Can Pet Crickets Improve the Well-being of the Elderly?

By Hal Herzog Ph.D. on June 12, 2017 in Animals and Us
A high quality randomized control study finds that caring for pet crickets has a surprisingly positive impact on the well-being of elderly people.
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Study Reveals Key to Happiness, Leaves a Question Unanswered

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on June 11, 2017 in Off the Couch
An almost 80-year longitudinal study out of Harvard offers a suggestion for happiness, but leaves one big question unanswered.

Questions and Answers for Employees 50+

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in How To Do Life
Asking yourself these questions and using these tactics can really help.

Four Fun Ways to Enrich Your Life and Improve Your Health

By Meg Selig on June 08, 2017 in Changepower
Does it seem like everything good is bad for you? Not so! Savor these four pleasures and become healthier and happier as you do so.

If Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, Why Didn’t You Hire Me?

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in The Next Step
It’s not your imagination—workplace age discrimination is real.

New Widow

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about mismatched aging.

Taking to the Hut at Midlife

By Karin Arndt, Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in A Hut of Her Own
Feeling stuck, disoriented, or vaguely depressed at midlife? It may be time to shed your old skin and make space for something new. The hut can help.
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Is It Time to Get Your Hearing Checked?

By Shari Eberts on June 05, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Do you or someone you love have a hearing loss? Here are five reasons to find out. Your health and happiness depend on it.

The Best Way to Die

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 04, 2017 in Am I Right?
Is it better to rage, rage against death or to go gently into the night?

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Aging with Joy

Delia Ephron's moving essay inspires appreciation of the many ways that both experiencing and showing love can change as we age. Shifts in priorities bring changes in behavior.

Mature Gay and Bisexual Men and Suicide

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on June 03, 2017 in Finally Out
Gay and bisexual men seek mental health care more frequently than heterosexual men but are more likely to have attempted and succeeded at suicide.

Can You Prevent Alzheimer's Disease with Diet and Exercise?

Scientists are discovering that healthy choices can help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

What Was Jerry Garcia's Addiction?

By Stanton Peele on June 01, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead are portrayed in the more than four-hour documentary, Love Strange Trip, representing the intricate connections of their music and lives.

What’s the Best Age to Be?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
Anecdotal evidence suggests that enjoyment of life is a common ingredient in those who still excel either physically or cognitively into their very old age.

How Our Body Ages, Part 2

Our heart, lungs, liver and gastrointestinal tract change as we age in ways that may surprise you.

Please Don’t Call Me “Hon”

By Susan Hooper on May 29, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
When strangers call me “Hon” or “Dear,” I am not pleased. They may not realize it, but it sounds both sexist and ageist to me.

The Coming Pandemic of Lyme Dementia

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on May 29, 2017 in iAge
How a growing threat from Lyme disease can see an explosion of cases of dementia.

My Chicken Soup Epiphany

By Sheila Weinstein on May 27, 2017 in What Do I Do Now?
A lesson from my chicken soup