Essential Reads

Planning a Successful Multigenerational Holiday

Has it been months since you had an unhurried conversation with your adult children or grandchildren? Consider a multi-generational holiday this summer.

Surviving—and Even Thriving—Through Tragedy

While some some people bounce back from difficult times, other people are devastated. A growing body of evidence explains why.

Parenting a Parent Toward Life’s End

By Julie K. Hersh on April 27, 2016 in Struck By Living
How do you manage end of life care for your parent? There is no handbook but here is one story.

Do We Ever Really Say Goodbye to Those We Love?

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on April 24, 2016 in Listen Up!
Perhaps we never really say goodbye to those we've lost: The conversation with them can continue throughout our lives in unexpected ways. And in the most unexpected places.

More Posts on Aging

8 Reasons to Exercise That Have Nothing to Do With Swimsuits

We all love the exterior changes exercise brings to our bodies, but there are plenty of other incentives to get moving.

Geriatric Technophobia, Part II

Don't think you're missing much by avoiding technology? Maybe it's time to reconsider.

Aging and Stereotyping

When knowledge about aging increases, ageist attitudes decrease.

Gimme a Break! You Can Get Stronger, Without Working Harder

Are you feeling weak and lazy? If so, I have good news. Scientists have identified a way to increase muscle mass without having to exert any effort.

Narcissist's Adult Child: A Painful Role

If a narcissistic parent feels threatened, they can go from extreme adoration to devaluation in moments.

The Gift of Listening to Our Mothers

We may think we our doing our mothers a favor by listening to them, but the gift is ours.

Twelve Surprising Results that Lead to Finding “Balance”

By Kimberly Key on April 30, 2016 Counseling Keys
Years of research revealed twelve areas of life that need attention for balance and health. Which of these areas of your life are neglected or overdeveloped?

Cultivating a Passion for Prevention

The mass of evidence suggests that changes in the habits and habitats of people are much more important than biomedical interventions in shaping the health of populations.

Two New Spins On "Never Too Old"

By Robin Marantz Henig on April 27, 2016 Cusp
Two newspaper articles appeared last week about late-life transformations that showed that no matter how old you get, you might still be in for more than your share of surprises.

Not All Sadness Is the Same

What can we learn about well-being from older adults? They may not feel so bad about themselves when experiencing sadness or loneliness.

Unnoticed: The Severely Mentally Ill Who Die Too Soon

These invisible people touch our lives each day, in one way or another, but die too soon.

A Behaviorist Contemplates Retirement (and Death)

A friend recently asked me if I would eventually want a retirement party. “Absolutely,” I said. “It’s called a funeral.”

The Reason We Need a Transhumanism Movement

Transhumanism is a social movement that is imbued with a techno-optimism that is contagious. The movement is growing like wildfire.

It's Better to Be Rich

Rich in America have gained as much expected lifespan in the last 15 years as if all cancer deaths were abolished.

The Evidence on Retirement

Are you considering retirement in the near future? Find out what the research says about its effect on your physical and mental health.

Ethical Issues in Health Care

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 11, 2016 How To Do Life
Dr. Mildred Solomon reveals the ethical issues in health care.

Reading as Deliberate Confrontation

Yes there is time for fast reading. Indulge away and keep yourself broadly informed. But do another kind of reading. Be revolutionary. Slow down.

Putting It in Writing

By Robin Marantz Henig on April 07, 2016 Cusp
My husband and I drew up our living wills recently -- just part of Life in the Sixties, the realization that it behooves us to finally get our house in order.

How the Visual Abilities of Dogs Change With Age

New data shows that vision in dogs changes with age, with a trend toward becoming significantly more nearsighted.

Detachment and Diversity Parenting Your Adolescent

For the adolescent to grow to a responsible independence and develop a uniquely fitting identity, some separation and differentiation from parents is required.

The Bernie Sanders Phenomenon and Transhumanism

The transhumanism movement has been dramatically growing in size--and most of that growth is from millennials and youth. Many of them are supporters of Bernie Sanders.

Using Marijuana to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Long-term, low-dose daily exposure, during mid-life, to marijuana can effectively slow the brain processes underlying Alzheimer’s disease.

What’s the Secret to Staying Forever Young?

A new study has identified an extreme subgroup of people who show incredible resilience to the signs of aging.

With a Gentle Touch

A new research study examines the important role that gentle touching plays in people of all ages.

What Is the No. 1 Way to Keep Your Brain Sharp?

A new study examined different ways that people spend their leisure time. The researchers pinpointed one habit that can slow brain aging by up to 10 years as you get older.

Clinton, Sanders, Trump and Cruz Won't Discuss Transhumanism

Have you heard much science-talk in the presidential debates? Or on the campaign trail? Or maybe in interviews by the leading candidates? Me neither.

Who’s in the Mirror?

Doubles and mirror images fascinate. Why? Maybe they echo a threat to our sense of self - from illness, physical damage, others too like us, even sexual and gender misalignment.

What Children of Narcissists Sometimes Do

As counterintuitive as it may feel in the narcissistic dynamic (especially with a parent), focus on the self is key to healing.

Sleep Paralysis

Do dreams leave us paralyzed during REM sleep?

Latest JSI Focuses on Ageism in Health and Employment

Research on ageism has gained more attention, especially as the baby boomers have started retiring, shepherding in an era that some call “the graying of America.”