Essential Reads

Feathering the Empty Nest

By Ann Smith on July 25, 2016 in Healthy Connections
Couples who were able to maintain their connection through the child rearing years will have a smoother transition into empty nest years.

Do We Become Less Optimistic As We Grow Older?

Research shows that optimism declines with age, but not for older Americans.

The 70 Year Itch

Sex for women in the seventh decade? No way!

What to Do When the Narcissistic Bubble Bursts

Whether you intend to or not, it’s very easy to get swept into the narcissistic bubble where you feel unusually special and entitled. When that bubble bursts, how will you survive?

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Competing for Love

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Life After 50
Is competition for your adult children's love making you miserable? Managing competitive feelings without acting on them can be a major challenge.
Car Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and Speed of Life

The demands of adolescence become more numerous as one grows because one must get up to speed to cope with the increased complexity of life.

Micro-Triumphs

I expected last Friday to be one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Instead, I had a series of micro-triumphs. Here’s what I learned, Alexander.

A Fable About Aging

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 19, 2016 in On Having Fun
Might death be our best friend?

The Death of Biological Determinism

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in iAge
A new study shows that genetics are not the sole factors that determine disease.

Want to Build Strength and Gain Muscle? Lift Lighter Weights

If you want to gain physical strength and build muscle—lifting lighter weights can be just as effective as lifting heavy weights, according to a new study.

Why Does the Brain Age? Can We Do Anything About It?

Why is brain aging so individually variable? Can we do anything to delay cognitive decline?

Age Is Meaningless if You're Seeking Meaning in Life

Keeping count of the years is as purposeful a pastime as trying to hold back the ocean tide. What’s the point of attempting to do something that logic defies and serves no real pur

Safeguarding Seniors Young and Old: From Meds to Housing

From medications to care groups and housing, seniors young and old need facts and advocates to help make thoughtful decisions.

The Scholar

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
A short, short story about change.

Summer Reading for the Psychologically Minded

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 06, 2016 in How To Do Life
A half-dozen helpful but accessible how-to books plus one touching novella.

The Baby-Boomer Kiss-Off

The baby-boom generation has lost its relevance

Yes, Benzos Are Bad for You

By Allen J Frances M.D. on July 01, 2016 in Saving Normal
The benzos are dangerously seductive – easy and pleasant to start, but frequently addictive and almost impossible to stop. They do little good and cause much harm.
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Who Are The Loneliest?

We know that there's an epidemic of loneliness among the elderly? But is there another epidemic we are missing?

The Health Benefits of Socializing

Connecting with friends can improve your brain health and may even lower your risk of dementia.

7 Pet Peeves About Doctors

Unless studies show that there’s no connection between a medication and a particular side-effect, the doctor should be saying, “We don’t know.”

The Brexit Age Gap

By Eyal Winter on June 30, 2016 in Feeling Smart
Were aged 65+ pro-Brexit voters trapped by nostalgia ?

The Bright Side of Dementia

Dementia is devastating, but somehow we’ve turned my mother's journey, our journey, into a treasure hunt. Here are some of the blessings we've discovered.

Do You Want to Be More Fit, but Are Afraid of Exercise?

Have you become more and more sedentary as the years go by? Are you at the point where you fear strenuous exercise, even though you used to be an active, fit, adventurous person?

What’s So Great About Getting Older?

Getting older has its advantages. We learn when to stand up and when to step down.
W. R. Klemm

Better Aging Through Chemistry

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 25, 2016 in Memory Medic
The price we pay for living is dying. An anti-oxidant cocktail every day might slow that rate of dying.

The Best Years of Your Life

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on June 24, 2016 in Memory Medic
Older people have typically learned more about how to cope with disappointment and adversity and how to squeeze the sweet and good juice out of life.

Elder Wisdom

We can ensure our own healing from trauma and stress

Scientific Innovation Needs the European Union to Succeed

Scientific innovation doesn’t just happen on its own. It takes stable economies, free societies, and open-minded governments. The European Union is good for that.

Aerobic Activity Stimulates Neurogenesis (Birth of Neurons)

A study published today presents breathtaking images—and more proof—that aerobic exercise stimulates neurogenesis (birth of neurons) and improves memory function.

Cognitive Aging in the Workplace

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on June 22, 2016 in Media Spotlight
While employers have been paying more attention to obvious workplace hazards, we need to recognize that psychological hazards also exist in the workplace.
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4 Secrets About Being a Modern Grandparent

Many grandparents are different today because many are still working, their life doesn't revolve around their family, and they might live on the other side of the country.

How Mild Is "Mild Cognitive Impairment"?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in iAge
Is memory loss the slippery slope to Alzheimer's disease?

That Other Kind of Time Management

By Jeremy E Sherman Ph.D. on June 20, 2016 in Ambigamy
More than we notice, we'd like to stop time, to live forever or at least to have our eternal truths live forever.