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

Five Smart Money Moves to Make Before Summer

Why not head into summer on a strong note by crossing a few things off of your list of money to-do list?

The Retirement Party

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short short story.

When Do Friends Matter Most?

By Lydia Denworth on May 18, 2017 in Brain Waves
Having friends is strongly associated with health and longevity, but scientists are only starting to ask when the effects of social relationships emerge and how long they last.

10 Ways to Have an Easier Relationship With Your In-Laws

In-law relationships can be very complicated.

Is Depression Apart from Grief or a Part of Grief?

The title above alludes to a really tricky question. And a complicated one, too. For the answer to this two-part inquiry is, well, “Yes” and “Yes.”
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How to Slow Down Time

Do you feel that time seems to be going more quickly as you get older? If yes, there are a few things you can do to slow down time. Most of the suggestions focus on mindfulness.

Straight Talk for Employees 50+

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 16, 2017 in How To Do Life
What works for people in their workilfe's final years.

Stress and Memory Impairment in Older Adults

Stress reduction is important for optimal cognitive aging.

Fast Friends or Friends Fast

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on May 14, 2017 in Ambigamy
Clinging to old friends for fear of being stranded alone? There's another way. Get faster at turning new acquaintances into easy cozy friends.

Let Your Children Enjoy Your Parents

By Steven Schlozman M.D. on May 14, 2017 in Grand Rounds
"Will I ever stop worrying," I asked my Aunt Mary. "Now that you're dad...not really," she answered. "That's the way it works."

How does Our Body Change as We Age? (Part 1)

Is normal aging really as benign as we think? Yes it is.

Claire Dederer Talks About Love & Trouble

By Jennifer Haupt on May 12, 2017 in One True Thing
"...I went through old journals and letters and photos, revisiting my younger self. I won’t pretend it wasn’t excruciating, but that research really did inform the whole book."

All the Lonely People, Where Do They All Come From?

By Temma Ehrenfeld on May 12, 2017 in Open Gently
Loneliness is a health risk, especially for older people. Make sure the person you love is plugged in.

A Proposal to Provide Hope For Middle-Aged Men Left Behind

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on May 12, 2017 in Listen Up!
Men's pain today has to do with relationships, not just employment
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Smiling in Photos Makes People Look Older, Study Shows

By Robin Marantz Henig on May 11, 2017 in Cusp
It turns out that when you pose for photos with a wide smile, you're actually making yourself look older. You could have fooled me—and the research subjects, too.

Cannabis Reverses Brain Aging in Mice

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on May 09, 2017 in Cravings
Struggling with memory loss? Finding it hard to learn new things? Scientists are one step closer to finding a treatment for the loss of cognitive function associated with aging.

Older Adults and Mental Health

While many older Americans are embracing an entirely new attitude toward aging, many are still caught up in the stigma and isolation of our attitudes around mental health.

Risky Business—Your Grandparents, Risk-taking and Falls

Can risk-taking explain the link between older age and increased falls? New research suggests so.

Pursuing Perfection Is the Point

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on May 04, 2017 in Black Belt Brain
We place too much emphasis on results when the only thing we can really control is the process. The journey is the key especially when the destination truly cannot be reached​.

Every Morning, I Wake Up Feeling So Tired, Why?

Whatever you are doing right now, stop and go take a nap. Preferably alone.
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What To Do If You Think You Have Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts on May 03, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Are you or someone you love new to hearing loss? Get on the right path medically, emotionally, and practically with these tips.
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Guilt and Grief: Placing a Loved One in a Nursing Facility

10 ways to cope with one of the hardest decisions.

Learning About Aging Through Film: The Narrative Arc

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on May 01, 2017 in iAge
Using film as a way of introducing the discipline of gerontology to a wider audience.. This is part of the Coming of Age film festival on aging.

The Secret of Dealing With Fear and Stress

What are effective management strategies to deal with fear and stress?
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A 90-Something's #vanlife

By Robin Marantz Henig on April 30, 2017 in Cusp
After a cancer diagnosis, a woman chooses a year on the road with her son and his wife, rather than the difficult death she'd just been through with her husband.

A Journal Entry About Rumination

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 30, 2017 in How To Do Life
Another short-short story.

The Case For Running

Running may be the trump card of physical activity, adding more years to your life than other forms of exercise.

Too Young to Be Old: Love, Learn, Work, and Play as You Age

By The Book Brigade on April 27, 2017 in The Author Speaks
Everyone has a “psychological portfolio,” and it’s especially important to update it as you age.

Why Are Senior Citizens Using More Illicit Drugs?

Senior citizens are using and abusing substances at increasing rates.

A Conversation With Dani Shapiro About Memory and Marriage

By Jennifer Haupt on April 26, 2017 in One True Thing
"I was aware that in attempting to tell the truth of our marriage I was at risk of exposing or betraying it. That was the high-wire act."