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

Micro-Triumphs

I expected last Friday to be one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Instead, I had a series of micro-triumphs. Here’s what I learned, Alexander.

The 70 Year Itch

Sex for women in the seventh decade? No way!

A Fable About Aging

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 19, 2016 in On Having Fun
Might death be our best friend?

What to Do When the Narcissistic Bubble Bursts

Whether you intend to or not, it’s very easy to get swept into the narcissistic bubble where you feel unusually special and entitled. When that bubble bursts, how will you survive?

The Death of Biological Determinism

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in iAge
A new study shows that genetics are not the sole factors that determine disease.

Wise Up: Study Aging

By Christina Pierpaoli on July 13, 2016 in Eng(aging)
In the 20th century, adult life expectancy has nearly doubled. Here’s why aging is a boon for psychology—and perhaps— for you.

Want to Build Strength and Gain Muscle? Lift Lighter Weights

If you want to gain physical strength and build muscle—lifting lighter weights can be just as effective as lifting heavy weights, according to a new study.

Why Does the Brain Age? Can We Do Anything About It?

Why is brain aging so individually variable? Can we do anything to delay cognitive decline?

Age Is Meaningless if You're Seeking Meaning in Life

Keeping count of the years is as purposeful a pastime as trying to hold back the ocean tide. What’s the point of attempting to do something that logic defies and serves no real pur

Where Neuroscience is Making the Impossible, Possible

Three ways science fiction is fast becoming science.

Safeguarding Seniors Young and Old: From Meds to Housing

From medications to care groups and housing, seniors young and old need facts and advocates to help make thoughtful decisions.

What to Do in Your 30s to Be Happy in Your 50s

What can you do in your 20s and 30s to increase your chances of happiness later in life? Here are three key lessons from the real experts.

The Scholar

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
A short, short story about change.

Education and the Aging Brain

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in Media Spotlight
A new study explores the value of higher education in helping seniors stay mentally active and avoid serious health problems such as Alzheimer's disease.

Summer Reading for the Psychologically Minded

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in How To Do Life
A half-dozen helpful but accessible how-to books plus one touching novella.

The Baby-Boomer Kiss-Off

The baby-boom generation has lost its relevance

Yes, Benzos Are Bad for You

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 01, 2016 in Saving Normal
The benzos are dangerously seductive – easy and pleasant to start, but frequently addictive and almost impossible to stop. They do little good and cause much harm.

5 Keys to Providing Quality Dementia Care at Home

Quality dementia care is the source of my mother's contentment and having a team of caregivers is key to my father's very survival. Here's how we've created our pleasant journey.
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Who Are The Loneliest?

We know that there's an epidemic of loneliness among the elderly? But is there another epidemic we are missing?

The Health Benefits of Socializing

Connecting with friends can improve your brain health and may even lower your risk of dementia.

7 Pet Peeves About Doctors

Unless studies show that there’s no connection between a medication and a particular side-effect, the doctor should be saying, “We don’t know.”

The Brexit Age Gap

By Eyal Winter on June 30, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Were aged 65+ pro-Brexit voters trapped by nostalgia ?

The Bright Side of Dementia

Dementia is devastating, but somehow we’ve turned my mother's journey, our journey, into a treasure hunt. Here are some of the blessings we've discovered.

Do You Want to Be More Fit, but Are Afraid of Exercise?

Have you become more and more sedentary as the years go by? Are you at the point where you fear strenuous exercise, even though you used to be an active, fit, adventurous person?

What’s So Great About Getting Older?

Getting older has its advantages. We learn when to stand up and when to step down.
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Better Aging Through Chemistry

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 25, 2016 in Memory Medic
The price we pay for living is dying. An anti-oxidant cocktail every day might slow that rate of dying.

The Best Years of Your Life

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 24, 2016 in Memory Medic
Older people have typically learned more about how to cope with disappointment and adversity and how to squeeze the sweet and good juice out of life.

Elder Wisdom

We can ensure our own healing from trauma and stress

Scientific Innovation Needs the European Union to Succeed

Scientific innovation doesn’t just happen on its own. It takes stable economies, free societies, and open-minded governments. The European Union is good for that.