Essential Reads

Still Alice? Still Alzheimer’s

Searching for good news and grace in the tragedy of dementia

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of Memory and Aging

Now age 93, what does Mr. Holmes (the movie) tell us about memory and aging?

New Relationships and Sex after 60, 70, and 80

What’s a Son or Daughter to Do?

Worried About a Midlife Crisis? Don't. There's No Such Thing

Research explodes the myth and points to a very different future.

Recent Posts on Aging

It’s Not 'All in Your Head.' It’s in Your Brain.

Current research helps us to understand that some physical illnesses, especially those that are not easily explained, are not made up at all. They are the result of complex neuroendocrine responses due to heredity, trauma and stress. The symptoms are real. They are not all in one’s head.

Still Alice? Still Alzheimer’s

By Joe Pierre M.D. on July 31, 2015 in Psych Unseen
Is there anything nice to say about Alzheimer's disease?

Searching for More More Time

More more time is here, now.

New Empirical Research on Dream Recall and Content

These new articles in the journal Dreaming show the importance of taking age, culture, and external threats into account when trying to understand the nature and functions of dreams in people’s lives.

Sherlock Holmes: The Case of Memory and Aging

Sherlock Holmes is the quintessential detective, but what happens to his memory and his mind in old age? The new movie Mr. Holmes, as well as current research on cognitive aging, allow for an important case study on memory and aging.

Addressing the Fear of Becoming Irrelevant

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 29, 2015 in How To Do Life
A worry that's common among older people.

Steps to Take Today for Better Brain Health Tomorrow

You may be taking proactive steps to support your body’s health, but are you taking similar steps to sustain your brain? When it comes to supporting brain health, the old adage is true: it’s better than never. There’s no time like the present to start supporting your brain.

The Yin and Yang of Aging

Resolving the inverse relationship between the decline of one’s physical being and the evolution of one’s psyche (barring the onset of a debilitating cognitive disease, of course) seems to me to be one of life’s most daunting challenges, but certainly one worth taking on.

Elder Fun

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 28, 2015 in On Having Fun
Fun, for us elders, has become more of a spiritual thing.

Puns and the Aging Process

By Richard Smith Ph.D. on July 26, 2015 in Joy and Pain
The question of what makes a good pun depends on the age of the punster and the expectations associated with age. There is lesson in this for all inveterate punsters as they "mature."

An Invaluable Lesson From Elders

Although suffering in life is inevitable, we can mitigate it.

What Matters More? Size or Quality of Your Social Network

What's more important for your health, happiness, and well-being—the quantity or quality of your social network?

Being Sixty-Something

By Robin Marantz Henig on July 23, 2015 in Cusp
In her lovely essay, "At Sixty-Five," the writer Emily Fox Gordon captures a lot of what I've been feeling about being in my sixties. But I haven't yet reached the point she has of feeling like this is a good time in life, a time when a person works free of youth's "agitation and misery" and finally has "learned better how to live."

New Relationships and Sex after 60, 70, and 80

What does intimacy look like after sixty and should you broach the subject with your older parents?

Blessings

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 21, 2015 in On Having Fun
A game for elders of any age

Finding a New Job After 40

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on July 20, 2015 in Media Spotlight
Employment statistics show that the length of time spent being unemployed has tripled for workers over the age of fifty-five. Whether due to outdated job skills or age-related bias, older job seekers often find themselves being forced to drop out of the work force completely or taking jobs paying far less than what they once earned.

Who's Aging?

Why do we age differently? What keeps us younger?

How Does Physical Fitness Improve Your Brain Function?

New research has identified specific benefits of physical fitness on brain structure and function.

Old Guys Rule!

It has been shown that children have a higher level of self-confidence when grandparents are involved. This stability can significantly affect children’s academic, psychological, and social development.

What Pixar’s 'Inside Out' Tells Us About How We Work

By Aaron Hurst on July 16, 2015 in The Purpose Economy
Pixar’s new movie Inside Out explains the vital role we have as parents and educators in setting our kids up for success in their lives -- and their future careers.

Signs and Symbols of Your Aging Process

Although transitions as we age seem more intimidating, changes can be exciting opportunities. Part of positive aging is the ability to feel strong, creative and open.

Poor Care Pushes LGBTQ Seniors Back in the Closet

LBGTQ seniors cope with the choice between staying silent and revealing their identities to potentially hostile healthcare providers. Improvements are needed to ensure the safety and well-being of this group.

The Adaptive Functions of Music Listening

By Michael Hogan Ph.D on July 16, 2015 in In One Lifespan
Music is one of the most profound of all human creations. Music can transform our ongoing psychological state in an instant, and can also enhance psychological functioning across the lifespan. However, less is known about the full range of adaptive functions of music listening and how these adaptive functions promote well-being and enhance quality of life.

Does Hysterectomy Affect Women’s Sexuality?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on July 15, 2015 in All About Sex
Hysterectomy may enhance women's sexuality, have no impact on sex, or cause sexual impairment—and no one can predict which outcome women will experience.

Buyer Beware Part 7

By Maggie Scarf on July 14, 2015 in The Remarriage Blueprint
This is the recounting of how a smart professional couple got fleeced (legally) when departing from a highly regarded - but in reality, sub-standard in every respect - retirement home. It should serve as a warning to adult seniors who are contemplating a move into a retirement home. We did feel as if, like Alice, we had fallen down a rabbit hole. It was hard to get out!

Everyday Access to Nature Promotes Well-Being As We Age

A new study reports that spending time in natural environments promotes healthy aging and overall well-being.

Does a Single Story Define You?

Just because stories help us make sense of the world, doesn’t mean we should allow them to govern our lives. Especially the stories we tell about ourselves...

Worried About a Midlife Crisis? Don't. There's No Such Thing

The midlife crisis is one of those urban legends that refuses to go away, no matter how much evidence question its universality. The latest evidence to refute the midlife crisis myth shows, yet again, that there are no massive personality upheavals when the decade marker strikes four-zero.

Year of the Caregiver?

Senate and House consider bills to support and fund caregiving. AARP Forum calls for recognition of caregiving.