Essential Reads

How Detachment Changes Both Adolescent and Parents

As the child changes into an adolescent, parents start to change as well

Top Ten Health Tips That Have Never Worked for Me

I get lots of advice on how to regain my health; so far, nothing has worked.

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

Why we should not use the term 'psychosomatic'

Recent Posts on Aging

DON’T Buy Erection Drugs on the Internet

By Michael Castleman M.A. on September 01, 2015 in All About Sex
A recent study finds that 77 percent of Internet “Viagra” is fake.

How Do People’s Values Change as They Get Older?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on September 01, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
At any given moment in your life, you have a set of values that guide your actions at an abstract level. As an academic psychologist, for example, I value knowledge, and spend a lot of time pursuing it. Success has also been a value for me, and so I have devoted time to my career. My values are not shared by everyone.

Using Good Memory Habits to Boost Your Memory

We all make memory mistakes from time to time. In this posting, we talk about a strategy to help with common memory problems, a strategy that is a lot like Grandma’s advice … a pearl of wisdom based not so much on hard scientific evidence but proven through years of experience.

The Superhuman Athlete

Find out how Olga Kotelko stays fit physically and mentally at the age of 95.

Why Does Physical Activity Improve Cognitive Flexibility?

By Christopher Bergland on August 25, 2015 in The Athlete's Way
People who are physically active tend be better at thinking outside the box. Why is this? New research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers some valuable clues.

Movie Review: "I'll See You In My Dreams"

By Kristi Pikiewicz PhD on August 25, 2015 in Meaningful You
At first glance, Carol Petersen (Blythe Danner) appears to be living the dream. At second glance, it looks like Carol is not so much living a dream as she is sleepwalking through life.

Next Steps in the Journey: Lifeplan Scaffolding

Many people will plan each phase of their lives out entirely. When you take the time to reflect on your life, what do you feel?

They Probably Don't Want to Hear It

Don’t people get it? There are others who really do want to hear constantly about how your grandson, at the age of five, is a nationally ranked golfer, but I don’t. Actually, there are only three to five people who do: They are your spouse, your unbelievably wonderful grandchild’s parents, and the other grandparents. And that is it!

Yesterday, I Beat a Six Year-Old

I had the bright idea of racing my six year old neice to prove that I was immortal....I'm not

Creative Rehabilitation, Part 4: Dementia

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on August 22, 2015 in Trouble in Mind
Creative and individualized strategies to help a person with dementia retain some dignity and reasons for living are feasible in the early and mid-way stages of the disease, and support and therapy can help family members cope when their loved one is alive, as well as make the grieving process less painful.

Toward Living and Dying Well

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 22, 2015 in How To Do Life
An exercise and suggestions to help deal with the ultimate questions.

The Same Old You, the Same Old Us

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 21, 2015 in On Having Fun
I think, my love, that this is the gift we give to each other getting old together. Me, being this old self – the self that I always was – with you the same old you that I so thoroughly fell in love with: we becoming evermore so totally in play.

Baby Boomers, Gen X, Millennials: Are Strengths Decreasing?

The VIA Institute on Character examined hundreds of thousands of strength profiles of the 4 main, living, adult generations (Millennials, Gen X, Baby Boomers, and Traditionalists). There are consistencies and interesting differences across the generations.

What Should I Do With My Life?

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on August 18, 2015 in Life Gets Better
This question can give us heartache, whether we are in our twenties or sixties. Having no idea what to do next hurts, even as it might excite us on some level. Whether graduating from college or retiring from a long career, the road ahead may seem intimidating in its blankness. Freedom is supposed to be so desirable, yet its reality is often heavy with perplexing dilemmas.

How to Throw Out Your Health Lists and Thrive: The 7 Secrets

Do not ask centenarians (100-year-olds) what they think and do. Instead, here are the magic seven tips.

A Moving Experience

By E E Smith on August 17, 2015 in Not Born Yesterday
Psychologists list it among the most traumatic things we do as human beings, and I can believe it. I also believe that it gets harder as we grow older. Whether you call it pulling up stakes, relocating, moving on, or as my teenaged daughter used to say, "being uprooted," it can be painful.

The Potential of the Aging Mind

Why the a comprehensive perspective on the aging brain is key and how the latest neuroscience research combats commonly held beliefs about the aging brain's inevitable, progressive decline

It’s Not Easy Being a Grown-Up

In many ways, as we get older life gets more complicated. When life throws you a painful curve it makes sense that the need for soothing dramatically increases. Being grown up doesn't mean that you’ve outgrown the right to get support!

How to Completely Change How You Think About Menopause

If you are a woman anywhere near 50, you either just went through menopause or you are going to go through it within the next five years. How is that going to affect your sex life? And how will you respond chemically to new love affairs and breakups?

"I'm Useless" Syndrome

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 14, 2015 in How To Do Life
Some people feel that additional accomplishment isn't worth the effort. This article explores the issue.

What is the Future for Baby Boomers and Older Americans?

By Rita Watson MPH on August 13, 2015 in With Love and Gratitude
Since we are not going to live forever, how shall we take control of the future?

The Creativity Crisis and What You Can Do About It

By Jason Powers M.D. on August 13, 2015 in Beyond Abstinence
The creativity crisis has clear ramifications as our world grows more complex. An IBM poll of 1,500 CEOs identified creativity as the most crucial factor for future success. In fact, creativity is now seen as more important than rigor, management discipline, integrity or even vision. Part of maintaining a healthy, creative climate is avoiding addictive behaviors.

A Mom-tervention

How do you find the courage to resist a bully? My cousin found it when her mother urgently needed protection from her father. They tried to sneak away when he wasn't looking, but the cat escaped and my cousin had to go back and face her Dad. In that moment, she learned to believe in her power to set boundaries. She will enjoy that skill forever.

The Judy Fund: Fighting To Keep The Memories

By Greg O'Brien on August 12, 2015 in On Pluto
It is the spirit of The Judy Fund that offers the greatest promise of igniting awareness to the staggering number of women afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

Recovering from Injury and Illness

Getting past recovery and to empowerment is difficult, but necessary, work.

How Detachment Changes Both Adolescent and Parents

Adolescence alters the child, the parent in response, and the relationship between them. Adolescence changes everyone.

A Magical Elixir for the Mind

By Gary L Wenk Ph. D. on August 09, 2015 in Your Brain on Food
The fact that science has not yet invented a true brain enhancer has not stopped people from selling magical elixirs on the TV and internet.

Beauty Matters Part 3: Evolving Beauty

By Eva Ritvo M.D. on August 09, 2015 in On Vitality
Every woman is beautiful, and it’s up to her to see it and nourish it in herself. She must use her evolved beauty sensors to love the woman she is. When she has achieved this goal, others will certainly see her as beautiful.

Top Ten Health Tips That Have Never Worked for Me

Ever since a seemingly acute viral infection in 2001 turned into a chronic illness, I’ve received dozens and dozens of tips on how to regain my health. This piece is intended to be lighthearted, not meanhearted, which is why I’d be thrilled if someone reading one of these tips can honestly say: “That one helped me!”

The Persistent Stigma of Hearing Loss

By Katherine Bouton on August 06, 2015 in What I Hear
Twenty-five years after the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act, the stigma of hearing loss persists. Some thoughts about why that might be.