Understanding Aging

By 2030, the number of Americans age 65 and over is projected to be about 71.5 million, of which nearly 10 million 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

How Old is an Old(er) Woman?

The new BOND female lead is FOUR YEARS OLDER than Edith Bunker. There's more for women over fifty to do with their hands these days.

Aging Mindfully

By Christa Smith Psy.D. on February 28, 2015 in Shift
Aging Mindfully

The Beauty of America’s Oldest-Old Adults

By Kristin Hultgren on February 26, 2015 in The Greatest Chapter
When you are open to be moved by another, to be amazed by another, and when you listen to another with nothing but your heart, there is much to be gained in spending time with oldest-old adults. As Mark Twain noticed, “wrinkles merely mark where smiles have been.”

Some Things Get Better With Age

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on February 26, 2015 in Off the Couch
My ninety year old aunt complains that she does not have much energy anymore. She doesn’t like it that she can’t remember what day it is, or the names of new acquaintances. But when it comes to emotional advice, there’s no one better to ask. Research has shown that as we age, not all of our cognitive abilities are on a steady downward path.

Love And Fear

By J. R. Bruns M.D. on February 23, 2015 in Repairing Relationships
Are you paralyzed by the thought of happiness?

Keeping Up! Older Workers' Adaptation at Work After Age 55

By Eddy Ng Ph.D. on February 23, 2015 in Diverse and Competitive
Older workers do want to stay in the workforce longer

8 Negative Attitudes of Chronically Unhappy People

All of us experience negative thoughts from time to time. How we manage our negative attitudes can make the difference between confidence versus fear, hope versus despair, mastery versus victimhood, and victory versus defeat. Here are eight negative attitudes of chronically unhappy people...

Living with Gusto

We all struggle between living cautiously and living fully, and are bombarded with contradictory information about what to eat, how to relax, how to exercise, and if a glass or two of red is ok. What bearing should health rules have on older adults?

The Last Letter My Grandmother Ever Wrote

The trick is to live more watchfully.

Flapping Tongues and Brawny Brains

By David Ludden Ph.D. on February 20, 2015 in Talking Apes
Lifelong bilingualism is one source of cognitive reserve, but there are plenty of options for monolinguals, too.

When You Feel Washed Up

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 14, 2015 in How To Do Life
An exploration of what to do when you feel out-to-pasture.

Old Age and Stereotypes

Researchers have previously concluded that stereotype threat affects ethnic minorities and women, but this new meta-analysis highlights that we should be just as concerned about stereotypes of age. For more information on stereotype threat you can visit ReducingStereotypeThreat.org.

Joni Mitchell on New York Magazine: Is The Photo Disturbing?

I hope to see my idols looking and sounding as if they are enjoying themselves as they reach the season of harvest (not so very far away from any of us). That's what I long for but very rarely see.

Living in the Past

By Robin Marantz Henig on February 12, 2015 in Cusp
"In the fall of 1968, without at first realizing what was happening to me, I began living in the past," wrote Joseph Mitchell, who was 60 years old In 1968 -- almost exactly my age. Had he stumbled onto some truth about what it means to be in your 60s?

Obsessing Over Wrinkles? Depressed About Aging?

By Dr. Suzanne Gelb Ph.D., J.D. on February 12, 2015 in All Grown Up
While many of us recognize that growing older is a privilege, this doesn't change the fact that sometimes, aging can feel really unpleasant. Even downright depressing. Here are 5 questions to help you back out of negative thoughts about aging (obsessing over sagging skin and other perceived "flaws") and focus on what really matters.

How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on February 11, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
I have written a few times about the influence of sleep on thinking. High school students who stay up late perform more poorly in school the following day. A lack of sleep may cause you to mix together different memories that did not occur together. In young adults, sleep also affects the ability to learn new procedures.

Caught Off-Guard by Breast Cancer: First Impressions

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on February 09, 2015 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Except for what I’ve been told by people who’ve written to me about their experiences with cancer, this was a new medical arena for me. I’ve learned that it’s a world onto its own in many ways. Nothing was familiar to me. It’s been a disorienting experience.

Aging Well

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 09, 2015 in How To Do Life
A practical guide to the not-so golden years.

Making Peace with Your Aging

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on February 07, 2015 in How To Do Life
An internal dialogue to help you focus on constructive thoughts and actions.

Concussions Not Just A Football Problem: Are You At Risk?

By Harry Kerasidis M.D. on February 06, 2015 in Brain Trauma
Every person’s brain has a different threshold for absorbing hits before causing a concussion. A number of factors influence how vulnerable your brain is to concussion, which is a brain injury that can lead to dangerous cognitive, emotional and behavioral problems. Here are those factors.

Are Your Affairs in Order?

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 05, 2015 in Unwrapped
After we are gone, where our stuff ends up, even where we end up, will be decisions left to others … unless we take the steps now to ensure that our wishes are carried forward. Not only does this protect our legacy, it relieves the burden from loved ones of trying to guess what we would have wanted.

Sexual Connection at Any Stage

By Rick Miller LICSW on February 05, 2015 in Unwrapped
The bad news is that your sexual relationship ain’t what it used to be! The good news is it can be something more. Sometimes we confuse the ebb and flow of sexual attraction in long-term relationships with the worthiness of the relationship itself.

What I’ve learned from learning the Ukulele

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on February 04, 2015 in Listen Up!
Sometimes our failures contain the seeds of our greatest successes. Consider what happened when I, yet again, decided to try and learn to play a musical instrument before it was too late.

I May Be Past My Peak But I’m Not Over the Hill

By David F. Swink on February 04, 2015 in Threat Management
There are many benefits and risks of extreme sports. When are you too old to do them?

Out of Sight, Out of Mind

By Liza Long on February 02, 2015 in The Accidental Advocate
If we bring back the asylums, how do we make sure that our loved ones with mental illness remain part of our lives?

Shrinking Into the Next Phase of Life

By John P. Schuster on February 02, 2015 in The Power of Your Past
...for the 10,000 boomers every day who turn 65

A Choice Between Chronic Pain and Dementia?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on February 01, 2015 in Overcoming Pain
Dementia is a much-feared condition. Patients want to know what medications that might increase the risk of this condition should be avoided.

Odd Couple House Mates

By Joan Ullman M.A. on January 30, 2015 in Uncharted Customs
Decades ago intergenerational living was widespread, ofen for economic reason. From the mid-1950s, nuclear families became the norm. Today's convulsive economic upheaval has seen a return of multi-generational housing situations. And as my recent experience with my grandson attests, while it may not be a familar phenomenom, it definitely has its pluses for young and old.

Note to Self: How I Plan to End My Life

If you've "lost your memory" have you lost your personhood? Your humanity? This is a critical question in discussing ways to humanize dementia care.

Aging Gracefully

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
Decline is inevitable but how we deal with it isn’t.