Essential Reads

Goals of Hair

Do you want to be YOU, right up until the end?

If You Want to Live Longer, Get a Dog

New data shows that pet ownership can increase the longevity of people with health risk issues.

Life Expectancy Projected to Increase Worldwide

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on March 20, 2017 in Cravings
Researchers find U.S. lags behind other high-income countries.

For Those Who Want to Ring in the Fourth Millennium

How much would your personality change if you lived for a thousand years? And how much would it matter?

More Posts on Aging

Out of Work...at My Age

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on March 26, 2017 in The Next Step
Are there ways to think about age that help us get through unemployment?

The Woman Who Does it All

Women seem to hold up the world. Is this an identity, a self-created fate, or a default position when men in our lives do less than their share?

Growing Old in Ancient Cultures

What can Ancient Egypt, India and China teach us about aging well?

Ginkgo Biloba for Mild to Moderate Dementia

If you or a loved one are thinking about trying Ginkgo for a memory problem, first review the evidence. Findings for Ginkgo in dementia are inconsistent.

The Scarfmaker

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

What Helps Our Plastic Brain Turn Into a Blastic Brain?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on March 22, 2017 in Brain Waves
Learn what steps need to be taken to have a blastic brain!

Helpful Hacks for Conducting Research With Older Adults

By Christina M. Pierpaoli on March 18, 2017 in Eng(aging)
A psychologist-in-training discusses sources of error in geropsychologial research and clever, practical ways of managing them.

Hearing Loss Won't Kill You, or Will It?

By Katherine Bouton on March 18, 2017 in What I Hear
If you are a therapist with a patient with hearing loss, please take it seriously. Their life may depend on it.
Hydra: Wikipedia commons

Why Do We Die?

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on March 18, 2017 in Statistical Life
Our survivability is the bargaining chip that life pays to keep us immortal.

Is Your Adult Child a Narcissist?

Is your adult child really a narcissist or more like the center of your universe? If so, why is he or she the focus of your life? Is there something you are avoiding?

Grandparents Affected by Adult Child Divorce

One of the lesser-mentioned advantages of co-parenting after divorce is that it can strengthen children's relationships with both sets of grandparents.
Paul Ekman, PhD

Growing Old

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on March 15, 2017 in Face It!
Genetics, sensible living, and luck have helped an accomplished scientist accomplish much of what he wanted in 83 years.

When Aging Parents Feel Like Giving Up—Now What?

The emotional price for caregiving can be high. But there are some things you can do to improve your energy and that of your loved one.

A Man and His Dog

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 09, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story

Reminiscing Therapy and Dementia

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on March 08, 2017 in iAge
Why does remembering the past, as promoted in Reminiscing Therapy, improve the behavior, mood and thinking of people with dementia?

Fear-of-Falling... Or Falling-From-Fear?

By Toby Ellmers on March 08, 2017 in Aging Brain, Aging Body
How can modifying our behavior to prevent a fall from occurring actually increase the likelihood of falling?

The Big Myth That Losing Weight Will Extend Your Life

Losing weight can be hazardous to your health.

Mayo Clinic Study Identifies How Exercise Staves Off Old Age

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have discovered that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) may be a fountain of youth for people of all ages.

Aging in Polyamorous Families Part Two

Explore friendship, sexuality, resilience, and relationship insights among aging polyamorous people involved in a 20-year research study.

Aging Well Can Be Simple

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on March 04, 2017 in Memory Medic
If I asked you to name the two most important lifestyle influences on aging, in two words, could you do it?

Essential Anxiety Cure Taught by Children

By Kimberly Key on March 03, 2017 in Counseling Keys
This is in response to a reader who asked why children seem to be able to bounce back from stress better than adults.

The Joy of Aging

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on March 03, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Inserting joy into the conversation of aging offers us the greatest chance of making the subject more palatable.

“My Last Concert”

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story
Jessica Mendoza, used with permission

Touching the Dying

The comfort of touch.

How Much Vigorous Exercise Will Prevent You From Dying?

There seems to be a way around the 5-to-7-a-week exercise goal.

Confessions of an Accidental Financial Therapist

By Teresa Ghilarducci Ph.D. on March 02, 2017 in When I’m 64
How the retirement crisis makes an economist an accidental therapist.

How to Make Friends as an Adult

To become a better friend, think about the qualities and characteristics you like in a friend and make sure to develop them in yourself.

Gaining a Window on the World

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on February 26, 2017 in Media Spotlight
Can modern telecommunications solve the problem of social isolation in seniors? A new innovation by Swiss researchers making staying in touch easier than ever.

The Big Picture: How Aging Theories Fit into Evolution

Why do we live as long as we do? Perhaps it depends on our perspective.

Aging in America

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on February 22, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
People I don’t know are suddenly being unnecessarily nice to me, and, to be honest, I’m not too happy about it.