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

Outlook on Alzheimer's No Longer Bleak

options for reversing early Alzheimer's exist.

Hope Versus Depression

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 24, 2017 in iAge
Could depression benefit from viewing hope as an illusion, and that depression reflects the reality of life? Could depression be a sense of realism closer to the truth?

The Weight of the World

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on September 24, 2017 in Life Gets Better
We are not helpless.There is power in the collective will to survive and make life good for those who come after us.

Aging Shrinks the Brain

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on September 23, 2017 in Memory Medic
Age discrimination is not defensible. Each elderly person's mental competence has to be judged on its own merits, not on a negative stereotype of the elderly.

To Drive or Not to Drive: That Is the Question

Talking with your parents about their driving can be difficult. Here are some ways to approach the conversation.

Five Money Mistakes Parents Make With Adult Children

By Kathy McCoy Ph.D. on September 21, 2017 in Complicated Love
We all want to help our young adult children to get a good start in life, but sometimes our help can backfire.

Why Does God Want to Kill Me?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 20, 2017 in iAge
We are meant to die. It is nature's way of making our species survive. But our strategy as humans has been to develop a large brain and to live longer, to which there's a downside.

Dogs Who Live with Smokers May Suffer from Premature Aging

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on September 19, 2017 in Canine Corner
Biomarkers show that living in a home with a tobacco smoker prematurely ages dogs at a cellular level

Longing for More

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on September 19, 2017 in The Pursuit of Peace
What do you really want in life? Applying theory and research on the German concept of Sehnsucht may help you to better understand your quest and live well.

Old Dogs, New Tricks

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on September 16, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Contrary to popular belief, older people are perfectly capable of learning new things, with study after study showing that the brain continues to generate new cells as it ages.

The New Erotic Frontier: Sex in Nursing Homes

By Michael Castleman M.A. on September 15, 2017 in All About Sex
Nursing homes are slowly moving from a policy of “don’t” to “do not disturb.”

New Book: How to Write a Forever Letter

By Jennifer Haupt on September 15, 2017 in One True Thing
In this age of emoji communication, why bother handwriting a letter? Find out.

Why Grown Kids "Ghost" a Parent's Wedding

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on September 12, 2017 in Between the Lines
Senior romance can destabilize family relationships, especially when late-life re-partnering triggers loyalty conflicts and passive-aggressive behavior by grown kids.

Exploding Three Myths and Stereotypes of Aging

Are we really predestined to become senile and fall apart as we age? Let's stand up for ourselves and appreciate the facts of growing older.

12 Comments That Would Be Welcomed By the Chronically Ill

By Toni Bernhard J.D. on September 12, 2017 in Turning Straw Into Gold
Most people have the best of intentions when speaking to those who struggle with their health. That said, often remarks by friends and family are off the mark.

3 Tips to Give Your Brain the Sleep It Needs

A few tips can help transform your sleep-deprived brain into a sharper, faster version of itself.

Eating Your Way to Better Brain Health

We are what we eat, so eat your way to better brain health

End Age Segregation

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in iAge
The call for breaking down age segregation completely.

48 Minutes of Exercise (Per Week!) Has Surprising Benefits

By Christopher Bergland on September 11, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
If long workouts aren't for you, there is some good news: A growing body of evidence shows that small doses of physical activity can reap significant benefits as you get older.

Karate Kata and Cognition

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on September 11, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
Thoughts from a woman who started training at age 80: "when I started to train in karate, my grandchildren said 'Grandma--you are crazy!' but now they are so proud of me."

Who Says You Can't Live a Million Years?

Mentally stretch the time you have and you'll live for what seems like a million years.

Don't Let Your Career Go Into the Offseason

By Diana Schwerha Ph.D. on September 07, 2017 in The Aging Worker
Is your career in need of a refresher?

Dancing Away the Blues

There's evidence supporting your need to sway.

Is Realistic Positivity the Key to Happiness as We Age?

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on September 05, 2017 in Mindful Anger
Do you think you can change your mindset?

Putting the Sex in Sexagenarian

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on September 05, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Many baby boomers are recommitting themselves to sex, not about to give up on one of the best things in life because of physical or social challenges.

Loving Relationships Provide Purpose and Value for Life

The circle of life is really a circuit of love.

Sibling Relationships Are Cradle to Grave

Siblings are complicated but important. Five ways to maintain your longest lasting relationship.

Pressing the Button

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 02, 2017 in How To Do Life
At death’s door, she revisits her life.

Forever Young

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on September 01, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Baby boomers may never truly get “old,” at least in the way that we have traditionally defined that term, a legacy of their lifelong bond with youth.

What I Learned From A Monarch Butterfly

By Sheila Weinstein on August 31, 2017 in What Do I Do Now?
We learn valuable lessons from unexpected sources