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

Stuck on Repeat in Alzheimer’s Disease

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
If you have a relative with Alzheimer’s, you’ve probably experienced conversational loops. A topic comes once. Within a few minutes, you're back to topic again. Stuck on repeat.

Study: "Pride Comes Before a Fall" Is Flawed in Two Ways

By Christopher Bergland on December 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Does pride really come before a fall? A quirky new study tackles this question from two seemingly unrelated angles.
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Free Associations Across the Lifespan

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Statistical Life
What happens to free associations as we age from four legs to three? The mind comes together. Then blows apart like a dandelion in the wind.

Spin Versus Gerontology

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in iAge
Without protests to halt the cut to Medicare, no amount of reframing will ever reverse the damage done that will start over the next few months.

Is Slurred Speech a Sign of Vascular Dementia?

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 10, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Strokes can lead to problems with speech, walking, strength, thinking, and memory, and are a common cause of dementia. But can you diagnose someone just by observing them?

The Demography of Aging

Ever wonder why nearly 75 percent of our longevity has so little to do with our genetics or health care?

Will Baby Boomers Ever Find Religion?

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on December 09, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
For a good number of boomers, finding a little or a lot more faith is a kind of coming full circle.

Loneliness Is a Killer. Why Don't We Talk About It?

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on December 08, 2017 in Finally Out
We don't talk about loneliness because of a stigma: It feels like a failure in one of life's fundamental domains. But it is essential for our health that we talk about it.

5 Facts You Need to Know About Dementia

By Mylea Charvat, Ph.D. on December 07, 2017 in The Fifth Vital Sign
Did you know that not all dementia is irreversible?

Dispelling Three Popular Myths About Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's myths could be compromising your brain health.

Losing It

Although everyone loses things, no one has studied how we search for lost items. This would be a wonderful research topic that could shed light on memory more generally.

How to Handle the Holidays When You Have Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts on December 06, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can make the holidays tricky, but there is no need to miss out on all the fun. Follow these tips and enjoy a festive and joyful holiday season.

Are Millennials Evolved for a Non-Existent World?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 06, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Don't be a hater. Hate the game, not the player? With millennials, do we have a prayer? A brief idiomatic essay on human evolution.
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Push and Pull: Dancing With Our Daughters

By Sandra Butler on December 05, 2017 in It Never Ends
My daughter and I are still dancing – but who's leading?

Spirulina for Infant and Aged Brains

By Gary L. Wenk Ph.D. on December 05, 2017 in Your Brain on Food
Spirulina (pond scum) is an excellent source of highly potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory chemicals that can benefit your brain health across the entire lifespan

Driving While Old

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on December 03, 2017 in iAge
There are computer-based tools for improving useful field of view and retraining the brain to drive more safely.

The Psychology of Death and Dying

How many people fear death, how many embrace it, and what makes the difference?

Could an App Diagnose Your Memory Problems?

Could an iPad app diagnose you with dementia? Researchers believe it can.

One Essential Thing We Can Do to Slow the Aging Process

By Sheila Kohler on December 02, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
So much of what we can do as we age depends on practice and consistency.

3 Tips to Finding Love When You’re Older

It takes a willingness to stay the course and not give up.

Reflections on a Wooden Bowl

By Susan Hooper on November 30, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
Rediscovering a family heirloom made me curious about its owner—my great-grandmother.

How Do I Ask My Grandma to Stop Being So Techy?

Using social media to connect across generations sounds like a good thing, but how do we respond when our good intentions cause embarrassment to our youth?

DHEA Improves Depressed Mood But Not Cognitive Functioning

Have you read about DHEA for depressed mood or cognitive problems? There are positive findings for depression but most studies on cognitive decline and dementia are inconclusive.

Does Getting Older Mean You're Wiser?

By Nicole F. Bernier, Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in Ripening With Time
Why we may find ourselves saying or doing regrettable things without knowing why.

Who Can Afford to Grow Old?

By Renee Garfinkel Ph.D. on November 27, 2017 in Time Out
The blessing of a long life comes with a high price tag.
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What Will Be Your Potato?

By Bruce Grierson on November 26, 2017 in The Carpe Diem Project
In the season of Scrooge, It's good to imagine how you will be remembered.

Should You Check Your Genes for Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on November 26, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Anyone can now find out if they have the most common genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s. But what will you do with the information?

Is Citizenship the New Care for People With Dementia?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on November 25, 2017 in iAge
Eventually the aim is to see a person with dementia as a “vulnerable person” who have both rights and protections.

Dr. Bob

Dr. Robert Goldman has taken goal setting and achievement to a new level. His list of firsts will leave you in awe.

In Long-Term Care, Patient-on-Patient Violence on the Rise

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Mental-health treatment plans may reduce aggression in dementia patients.