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

Sexual Intimacy May be One of the Keys to a Longer Life

It’s well known that a satisfying sex life can enhance individual and couple happiness. New research shows that sex, apart from satisfaction, may help you age more slowly.

Why Would Anyone Build Their Own Coffin?

In the remote Tasmanian town of Ulverstone there’s a community group who’ve taken to building their own coffins years before they need them. Why are they doing it?

“Dr. Google,” Friend or Foe?

Here are a few of experiences I’ve had with Dr. Google, first as friend, then as foe. I hope they serve as a guide to using Google wisely. It’s not easy to do, that’s for sure.

Will Social Prescribing Be the Next Wellness Phenomenon?

"Social prescribing" is a relatively new non-medical approach to psychological, physical, and financial well-being that has the potential to dramatically improve people's lives.
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What Helps People Live a Long and Satisfying Life?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on July 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
Strengthen your face-to-face relationships. It will add years to your life!

Yoga Can Slow Effects of Stress and Aging, Studies Suggest

By Marlynn Wei M.D., J.D. on July 14, 2017 in Urban Survival
New research suggests that doing yoga regularly can help reduce the harmful effects of stress and aging on the body.

How Our Bodies Age, Part 4

What are the age-related changes that occur and what are the implications for us?

The Heroism That Grows from Defeat

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on July 14, 2017 in Listen Up!
Life is challenging: We need to learn how to have a really successful failure.

Getting Light

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 13, 2017 in On Having Fun
There's a time when what we most need to let go of are ambitions—ambitions for new accomplishments and ambitions for new possessions.

Can Robots Help People With Dementia in the Community?

What can be done to help relieve the symptoms of dementia? Robots are being developed to assist.
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The Lexicon of Delirium

We must depart from traditional perspectives on delirium that have presented it as an entity without history, and one bordering on a transcendent ideal.

The Ins and Outs of Ageism

Younger workers can face age discrimination, too.

Anxiety Is Now Public Enemy No. 1

Anxiety has become a nationwide epidemic that is creating a public health crisis. The good news is that there are drug-free ways to lower your anxiety by engaging your vagus nerve.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Provide Comfort

When someone suffers physical or emotional pain, sadness, disappointment, anxiety or fear or frustration, bringing them comfort can illustrate love made useful.

Adult Siblings

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on July 08, 2017 in Life After 50
Are there opportunities for adult siblings to understand and work out unresolved issues that are lurking from childhood?
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Have Hearing Loss? Try These Six Steps To Communicate Better

By Shari Eberts on July 08, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Do you have trouble communicating with others because of your hearing loss? Set yourself up for success with these six steps.

Why the Five Stages of Grief Are Wrong

By David B. Feldman Ph.D. on July 07, 2017 in Supersurvivors
Despite our society’s widespread belief that grief proceeds in five simple stages, research shows that this isn’t the case. So what is true?

What Older Workers in the Rust Belt Need From Trump

Collapse in the Rust Belt: A canary in the coal mine for the retirement crisis.

5 Strategies for Accepting Your Mortality

You can't fall in love, make new friends, or teach your grandchildren to read if you're feeling scared and bitter - free yourself from death!

Should You Eat Chocolate Every Day?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on June 30, 2017 in Cravings
There's enough scientific evidence to suggest it might not be a bad idea.

The One Good Deed A Day Approach to Happiness

Being rude to others fosters immediate gratification in most cases but in the long run it does nothing for your well-being.
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Where is Your Home?

By Diana Raab PhD on June 27, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
If you are like most Americans and have moved an average of eleven times, have you wondered where your home is? When you get down to it, home is where your heart is.

What Is the Rip Van Winkle Effect?

How do you stop time from passing by so quickly?

Turning Negatives into Positives When You're Chronically Ill

I thought it would be constructive to take what I tend to think of as the negatives about chronic pain and illness and see if I could turn them into positives.

Five Common Factors Influencing Our Feelings of Time

The perception of time as lasting too long is associated with too high of a cost, which leads to the selection of alternatives with more immediate outcomes.

Driving Me Wild

I'd like to remain detached when cheaters cut in and just let aggressive drivers have their way. Instead, I go wild. I get agitated and yell expletives.

Sleep, Genetic Conflict, and Human Longevity

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Non-optimal sleep durations carry a differential cost for males because too little or too much sleep is associated with defective sperm quality and shorter telomere lengths.

Immortality

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in iAge
The answer to whether immortality is even possible...

Coping with Micro-Stressors: How Do I Work My Smart TV?

How do I work my Smart TV? What can we do about micro-stressors?