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

Cultivating the Pasture They Put You Out To

The question is whether any further investment is worth the effort given the lifespan one foresees.

Closing: Aging, Luck, Hypocrisy

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about aging, luck, and hypocrisy.

Time for a Better Approach to Alzheimer’s Treatments

Alzheimer’s can be prevented and mild cognitive impairment can be reversed by addressing these factors in at-risk individuals. Science has moved past the “one-pill-for-every-ill”.
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Is Trazodone the New Brain Wonder Drug?

Will an old, cheap drug end Alzheimer's?

Why it Pays to Be Rich (in More Ways Than One)

Rich Americans continue to live longer. And this means they collect more government benefits. What should we do about it?

Intelligence, Education, Personality, and Social Mobility

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 21, 2017 in In One Lifespan
What predicts upward social mobility? We identified four important factors—education, intelligence, higher openness and lower neuroticism.

Are You Confusing Love With Something Else?

As parents we want to hold onto the illusion that we can fix or control our children. We cannot fix or control them; it is an illusion.

The Secret of Handling Anger and Aggression

Why is anger such an accelerator of aging?

Why Do Millennials Get a Bad Rap?

Maybe it is just a failure of generativity.

The Courage of Bob

By Greg O'Brien on April 17, 2017 in On Pluto
At 78, there are a lot of miles on Bob Bertschy, who, as a lanky young ballplayer, crouched behind home plate, wearing the “tools of ignorance,” as a catcher with the LA Dodgers.

Relationships, the Key to Life

Thanks to the internet and media, we are bombarded with examples of self-centeredness every day.

"Should I Kill Myself?"

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 16, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story
Lori Russell-Chapin

Does Neurocounseling Education Impact Age Differently?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Brain Waves
Is it possible that neurocounseling and bridging brain and behavior can help us live more effectively and be helpful for any age group?

Aging and Depression

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on April 15, 2017 in Life After 50
Is getting old getting you down? Distinguishing between sadness and depression.

How We Handle Stress Predicts How Well We Age

Researchers view stress — how much we face and how well we cope with it — as the most significant factors for predicting how well we age.

The New and Improved Third Act of Life

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on April 13, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Rather than embrace their parents’ model of seniority defined by retirement, baby boomers are now pursuing many different options, a version of life I call Boomers 3.0.

What We Know About Aging and Pain

Older adults experience pain at higher rates that the rest of the population. But exploring a range of treatment options can help.

How to Live 7.2 (Happy) Years Longer

Positive psychology research consistently shows that happiness is linked to longevity even after accounting for initial health, obesity and socio demographic factors.

What Do the Latest Plastic Surgery Statistics Say About Us?

In 2016, Americans spent more money on elective plastic surgery and non-invasive cosmetic treatments than at any other time in our nation's history. What exactly are we "fixing"?

I Have Cancer and Maybe a Year to Live

By Bernard L. De Koven on April 10, 2017 in On Having Fun
If you want to do something for me or because of me, grieving is not what I need. I need you to play.

Can Videogames Prevent Elderly Falls?

By Toby Ellmers on April 08, 2017 in Aging Brain, Aging Body
Are videogames the key for preventing falls in the elderly? Research reveals the hidden benefits of gaming.

The Gift

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 06, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story on sacrifice.

Can a Caregiver Be a (Benevolent) Dictator?

Can you override a patient's request if you know it's best for them?

When Our Chronically Ill Bodies Say “Rest,” Why Don't We?

Most people who are chronically ill (which includes chronic pain) benefit from scheduling at least one rest period into their day because it helps keep symptoms from flaring.
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A Collection of Last Words

The many ways to say goodbye.
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Aging, Resilience, and The New Normal

What's the key to resilience as you grow older? Adjusting to your New Normal.

Loneliness: A Deadly Form of Poverty for Seniors

Loneliness: A growing challenge for senior health care.

How to Know If Your Elderly Parent Is No Longer Safe at Home

Are you beginning to think your parent is no longer safe living at home alone? These tips will help you come to a conclusion.

7 Secrets to a Successful Relationship After 50

Do you feel that your partner truly hears you, sees you, and accepts you as you are and that he or she wants the best for you?

Growing Old in Ancient Greece and Rome

Is past prologue? Part 2 of our exploration of aging in past cultures.