Essential Reads

Not All Marriages Are Equal at Protecting Longevity

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 06, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Arguments for the health and survival benefits of being married have their limitations. The quality of the marriage and the impact of its loss are critical.

Get a Variety of Exercise

By Temma Ehrenfeld on December 02, 2016 in Open Gently
A variety of exercise will keep you healthier—and might even increase your life span.

4 Different Ways to Think of Retirement

Each perspective on retirement provides unique & useful psychological insights and practical guidance.

10 Essentials About Midlife Love Relationships

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 27, 2016 in Life, Refracted
Adaptations face us as we enter and move through love in midlife. We must re-examine our needs, wants and dreams as well as allow alternate ways of loving into our lives.

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Does Stress Cause Premature Graying in Dogs?

By Stanley Coren Ph.D., F.R.S.C. on December 07, 2016 in Canine Corner
New data shows that dogs suffering from anxiety and stress will show graying hairs on their face prematurely

Can Brain Stimulation Improve Memory in Seniors?

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on December 07, 2016 in Media Spotlight
Are there ways of protecting the aging brain and preventing the loss of cognitive functioning? A look at some new advances into brain stimulation in older adults.

Media Highlights Transhumanism Politics Near End of Election

By Zoltan Istvan on December 04, 2016 in The Transhumanist Philosopher
After 731 days, I finally finished my run for the US Presidency as a transhumanist. Transhumanism was covered in a major way by the media in the weeks leading up to the elections.

Love and Separation Throughout the Life Cycle

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on December 03, 2016 in Life After 50
Do you wish your adult children needed you more?

How Habits Can Affect Our Memory

Can our habits actually allow our memory to atrophy?

Establishing Your Retirement Number

By Michael F. Kay on December 01, 2016 in Financial Life Focus
"Look, I don't want to get all complicated. I just want to know how much we need in order to retire."

Holiday Parties? Talk to Me!

By Katherine Bouton on November 28, 2016 in What I Hear
If you have a hearing problem, the holiday fun can be frustrating.

The Fear of Aging in Trump's New World

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in iAge
Five decades of war on poor older adults will culminate with a nuanced switch in priorities in our federal budget. Reducing Mandatory while increase Discretionary budget spending.

Hospital Madness & Farewell Dad

By Eliezer Sobel on November 28, 2016 in The 99th Monkey
We had discovered a little-known secret about most hospitals and doctors: they will essentially do anything you ask, relieving them of the burden of having to make decisions.

Should Assisted Suicide Be Available to Everyone?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 27, 2016 in How To Do Life
Suicide tourism to Switzerland has doubled. Understandably.

Managing Our Emotions as We Age

What problems can happen when our emotions take over the role of our intellect?

Give the Best Gift -- A Hug and a Pat on the Back

How do you stay connected to your tribe? An increasing number of us tend to use technology that distances ourselves from friends and family in our efforts to stay connected.

Pandora’s Pillbox: The Age-Old Quest for Longer Lives

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on November 23, 2016 in How We Do It
Prolonging human lifespan is a long-cherished goal. Medical science has boosted average life expectancy, but can it increase the maximum? Not according to evolutionary biology.
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When Your Son or Daughter Stops Calling

Parents might panic when their 20-something children move away and cut off communication. But at that age, some estrangement may be par for the course. It's usually temporary.

Return on Equity in Life

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on November 14, 2016 in Jacob's Staff
The context of retirement can bring a new perspective on the meaning of life. What can we "own" that will increase in value over our lifetime? How can that contribute to society?

Specific Ways to Improve Your Memory

Do you think your memory has declined over time? Perhaps there are concrete things you can do to improve it.

"Dead" or Just "Away"?

By Jessica Pierce Ph.D. on November 10, 2016 in All Dogs Go to Heaven
A new study explores how often veterinarians observe behavioral changes in animals when a companion is euthanized.

Never Too Old To Grow a "New Brain" Against Dementia

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on November 05, 2016 in iAge
So the good news is that all of us, especially older adults, have dementia. Yes, that is the good news.

I'll Do It Tomorrow

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on November 04, 2016 in Life Gets Better
Strategies of avoidance can come to dominate our lives, but there are ways to induce ourselves to get things done instead of putting things off in an endless cycle.

Outdated Blueprints of Masculinity Often Sabotage Older Men

By Christopher Bergland on November 02, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A new study reports that clinging to outdated ideas of "what it means to be a man" can backfire as men get older.
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Choosing Enthusiastic Participation Over Fear

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on November 01, 2016 in Life, Refracted
At 82, a woman enchants a train full of young men when she joins them in a bachelor celebration. She did not retreat in fear of them or of her own abilities.
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The Angry Heart

Can your personality kill you?

Conquering Barriers to Weight Training for Women Over 50

By Linda Wasmer Andrews on October 28, 2016 in Minding the Body
Women over 50 have been relatively slow to embrace weight training despite proven benefits for the body and brain. Here's how they can start to change that.

Family Matters

How do family relationships influence how we feel as we age?

Why Malnutrition Too Often Goes Undiagnosed

By Mark Corkins M.D. on October 27, 2016 in Your Child’s Health
Malnutrition is a growing US healthcare concern.

Lab Chimpanzees Headed to Sanctuary Despite Lobbying Efforts

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on October 26, 2016 in Animal Emotions
A disturbing dispute is brewing over the retirement of laboratory chimpanzees to Chimp Haven because of resistance by the National Association for Biomedical Research.

How I overcame my phobia of dogs.

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on October 25, 2016 in Life After 50
I was afraid of dogs. But I needed to get over it to help my son.

It's Time to Legalize Marijuana: A Public Health Perspective

Whether it's legal or not, kids are going to use cannabis. Do we really want them to see the police as the enemy and throw them in jail?

The Ageless Inspiration of Activity

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on October 20, 2016 in Black Belt Brain
Ever thought you were too old for something? Aging doesn't mean we have to get old. Getting old comes with all sorts of baggage that isn't a requirement of aging.
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The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging

By Shaili Jain M.D. on October 20, 2016 in The Aftermath of Trauma
Recently, I spoke with Dr. Joan Cook, clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, about PTSD in older adults.