Essential Reads

Why the Freelance Economy Is a Social Tragedy in the Making

Corporate profits are very high and retirement prospects very low.

50 Isn't the New 30 (and Why That’s a Good Thing)

Three reasons why Gen Xers should embrace their age.

Reveling in the Grandmother Hypothesis

A biological explanation for why I want grandkids so much

Physical Activity Is the No. 1 Way to Keep Your Brain Young

Neuroimaging illustrates link between aerobic fitness and cognitive function.

Recent Posts on Aging

More Indispensables for Those With Chronic Pain and Illness

My "comfort food" is a cup of decaf coffee with cocoa powder, stevia, and coconut milk in it. (I admit, it’s really a pretend decaf mocha.) Does this sound truly awful to you? That’s why comfort food is a personal indispensable!

How Does Exercise Protect Your Brain from Degeneration?

Two new studies have identified various ways that exercise protects the brain from degeneration as we age.

We Are Becoming Gods

By Mario D Garrett PhD on November 21, 2015 iAge
While we are behaving more like gods, we are learning that we are less human.

Life After 55 When Your Death Is No Longer Unexpected

By Billi Gordon Ph.D. on November 12, 2015 Obesely Speaking
In life change is constant and aging is unavoidable, but you will always be you.

Why the Freelance Economy Is a Social Tragedy in the Making

By Victor Lipman on November 12, 2015 Mind of the Manager
The Social Contract is dead. We're becoming a nation of freelancers. Corporate profits are very high and retirement prospects very low.

Why Nature is Good for Our Brains

When was the last time you enjoyed some time outside? Three reasons nature is good for your brain.

It's About Time

Rushing around is not a good way to live. We know this, yet we keep cramming in tasks and commitments as if we have no choice. It seems like there just aren’t enough hours in the day for everything we have to do. The irony is cruel – that such relentless pushing to get things done usually doesn’t add up to a day well spent.

10 Indispensables for Those with Chronic Pain and Illness

I know the joy of hearing the actual voice of a loved one. That said, email is the principal way I communicate with people...

50 Isn't the New 30 (and Why That’s a Good Thing)

By Deborah Carr Ph.D. on November 08, 2015 Bouncing Back
What Gen Xers need to know, as the big 5-0 looms.

A Medical Futurist Discusses Health and Transhumanism

Dr. Bertalan Mesko kept receiving amazing questions about the future of medicine. He decided to write them down to better understand the general public’s interest in health technology and innovation. The result is his new book: My Health: Upgraded. I caught up with him recently to ask about the future of health and transhumanism.

Better Brain Health Is Possible Without Exercise Fanaticism

If you hate to exercise, I have good news. A new study has found that you don't have to be an exercise fanatic to reap the brain benefits of low-to-moderate aerobic fitness.

Life Lessons from Jerry Twomey and His Old Rose

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 06, 2015 How To Do Life
A true story with implications for us all.

Understanding a Mysterious Disease

In commemoration of National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month, 5 important things to learn about this mysterious illness...

When Is Depression Not Depression? Part 1

I have been talking with people lately who are suffering with symptoms they call depression, yet I am hearing something else. Something they don’t want to talk about mostly: loss and grief, discouragement and disappointment. These are all different from each other and different from depression.

An Optimistic Study of Learning in Older Brains

By Garth Sundem on November 04, 2015 Brain Trust
A Columbia University study shows that the learning of healthy older brains may depend more on motivation than ability.

Getting In the Way of Our Own Old-Age Well-being

How do loss aversion and the above-average effect influence people's decisions about where to spend their later years?

The Damaging Message of "Invisible Hearing Aids"

By Katherine Bouton on November 02, 2015 What I Hear
I have no problem with invisible hearing aids. It's the message the ads convey that I object to.

Older Adults Care More

By Mario D Garrett PhD on October 31, 2015 iAge
Two main thoughts in modern history: Freud's psychoanalytic theory and Heidegger's philosophy of being both hinge on the concept of death. why is death necessary to explain living?

Reveling in the Grandmother Hypothesis

By Robin Marantz Henig on October 29, 2015 Cusp
If the trend is real that grandparents are moving cross-country to help their Millennial children raise the grandkids, there might be a biological explanation for it. Anthropologists call it the Grandmother Effect.

One Woman’s Suicide Reignites Right-to-Die Debate

Assisted suicide relieves unmanageable suffering for some

Unlock Brain Potential to Protect Against Decline

One of the leading causes of brain decline may not be what you think. A new institute is using science to help you "change your mind."

Physical Activity Is the No. 1 Way to Keep Your Brain Young

A growing body of evidence suggests that regular physical activity is the most effective way to optimize the structure and function of your brain throughout your lifespan.

The Boomers, the "Old-Old," and In-Between: Four New Takes

A sabbatical equals time to read - so I've been making up for lost time binge-reading all those books on aging I should have been reading. If you are behind like me, here are four suggestions that show the range of writing on successful aging (and how to get there).

The Stunning Appeal of a Story About a Man Who Died Alone

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on October 20, 2015 Living Single
The New York Times published an extraordinarily long and wildly popular story of a man who died alone, undiscovered until a neighbor smelled his rotting body. What was the story really about? Why were readers so drawn to it?

Is Depression a Normal Part of Aging?

By Kristin Hultgren on October 19, 2015 The Greatest Chapter
The majority of older adults do not suffer from depression, and belief in this myth may prevent older adults with depression from getting the treatment they deserve and desperately need.

The Age of Diagnoses and Prognoses

You are in many ways what you believe. And your brain regards as important those things on which you focus your attention and about which you repeatedly think.

Aging with G.R.A.C.E

It is time to explore the relationship between attitude, graceful aging and physical health. Check out how to age with G.R.A.C.E.

Don't Cancel Your Dinner Plans

Nobody ever mentions the importance of an active social life.

The Bee

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on October 09, 2015 How To Do Life
A fable that raises stinging questions about the life well-lived.