Essential Reads

Are You Playing the Right Video Games to Raise Your IQ?

By Scott Weems Ph.D. on February 23, 2018 in Feed Your Head
Some video games can actually make you smarter. But which ones?

The Wisdom of Defense Mechanisms

By Noam Shpancer Ph.D. on February 21, 2018 in Insight Therapy
The recipe: Find a hobby; don’t fight with your spouse in front of the guests; volunteer; pack a sandwich; and read the funnies.


By Cecilia Dintino PsyD on February 12, 2018 in Midlife Matters
It is our stories that define us, and our re-story that will set us anew. But where do we begin?

Brain Hacking 101: Simple Steps to Improving Your IQ

By Scott Weems Ph.D. on February 09, 2018 in Feed Your Head
Specific tips for staying smart, the smart way.

More Posts on Aging

"She Waited for You"

Her last years, and perhaps her whole life was an expression of the way of being that was hers until the end—always giving.

Finding Meaning Through a Boost of Creativity After 50

Living life fully means we are always finding new ways to express our creativity and as a result, new sources of meaning.

The Aging Brain: When Friends Turn into Foes

By Elena Blanco-Suarez Ph.D. on February 20, 2018 in Brain Chemistry
New study shows that supportive cells of the brain, called astrocytes, turn into enemies, promoting age-related function decline in healthy brains.

The Sleeper’s Dilemma

By Darby Saxbe Ph.D. on February 16, 2018 in Home Base
Skipping sleep can hurt your cognitive abilities—and even increase your heart disease and Alzheimer's disease risk down the road. Here's what to know and what you can do about it.

Living an Examined Life

By The Book Brigade on February 15, 2018 in The Author Speaks
In the second half of life, you alone are responsible for yourself. Here’s some wisdom for becoming the grown up you want to be.

Beauty and the Beard

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on February 14, 2018 in How We Do It
Darwin suggested that men’s beards evolved through sexual selection exerted by female mate choice. But recent studies indicate that beards may primarily signal social dominance.
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We Must Break the Stigma of Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts on February 12, 2018 in Life With Hearing Loss
We must break the stigma of hearing loss. It is a matter of life and mind — your mind. What can you do to help?

Are You Sure Your Patient Is Hearing You?

By Katherine Bouton on February 12, 2018 in What I Hear
Patient communication is essential. Undetected hearing loss can undermine that.

Facing the World

Why do people spend so much time, effort, and money to make their faces look good? Why do other people hide their faces altogether? What do doctors have to do with it?

Are Your Valentines Up-To-Date?

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 10, 2018 in Life, Refracted
Valentine's Day prods us to question ways in which we express our love and through which others experience it. Here are some thoughts about keeping your love language fresh

Death Cleaning: Embracing the Art of Döstädning

What exactly is döstädning? Think of it is as cleaning house and letting go of the things that no longer need to be carried.

Research Shows Promise for Aging Brains

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on February 07, 2018 in Cravings
Worried about your memory? Finding it harder to comprehend new information? Science offers new hope for aging brains.

Finding Meaning Through Life's Stages

By Kimberly Key on February 07, 2018 in Counseling Keys
According to John Bowlby's attachment theory, this life stage is where a secure, avoidant, or anxious attachment comes into play.

Can't Get Yourself to Declutter? Try "Death Cleaning"

By Meg Selig on February 06, 2018 in Changepower
Sometimes decluttering can be an unselfish way to show love to those who will have to clean up after you. A new book explains the why and how.

In the Dog Park - Pets and People

By Graham Collier on February 06, 2018 in The Consciousness Question
Given the incredible range of dog personalities and behaviors, individual owners also cannot help but interest one as personalities.

What Grandparents Need to Know

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on February 06, 2018 in Life After 50
Are you surprised at what your children tell you is bad for the kids?

Want to Live as Long as Possible? In New Study, Most Say No

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on February 05, 2018 in Living Single
Asked how long they wanted to live, people 60 and older from Germany, China, and the U.S. often said that staying reasonably healthy was more important than just living longer.

The Awe of Impermanence

By Cecilia Dintino PsyD on February 04, 2018 in Midlife Matters
In Times of Uncertainty, Awe Reminds Us That Nothing Lasts and Nothing Ends

3 Keys to Enhancing Your Love Life After Retirement

By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T. on February 02, 2018 in Mindful Anger
Treat your partner like you did when you first met — with the newness and sexiness of young love — and you’ll live happily ever after-retirement.

On Ellen, Saoirse Ronan Beautifully Resists Pressure to Date

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on January 31, 2018 in Living Single
In a clip viewed more than 8 million times, Ellen relentlessly pressured Saoirse Ronan to express an interest in dating. Saoirse resisted magnificently.

20 Shades of Sadness: Why Do We Get Depressed?

At best, any treatment for depression is only 60% effective in managing symptoms. Why don't treatments alleviate the suffering of more people? Because, treatments come in one size!

Searching for Meaning Beyond the “Midlife Crisis”

Are the midlife crisis years the only time we search for meaning?

A Last Conversation

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on January 29, 2018 in How To Do Life
Lessons from a deathbed confession.

Growing Older, Not Lonelier

By Kristin Hultgren on January 28, 2018 in The Greatest Chapter
Social support is linked with life satisfaction in old age. Here are some ways to boost your social support network in later life.

Humility or Humiliation in Aging, It’s Your Choice

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on January 27, 2018 in iAge
With humility someone has a dark sense of humor, and I hope that I live long enough to learn to appreciate it.

The Religion of Aging

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on January 27, 2018 in iAge
Whether we find meaning of aging in religion or other means, one thing is certain, we will try and make sense of the process.

Are Old People a Social Luxury or a Cultural Necessity?

Are older people really a social and economic burden like the immortal Struldbrugs in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels who continually decline and decay?

Aging Envy

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on January 27, 2018 in iAge
Among older adults envy has a special place in identifying the difficulty we have with accepting aging, especially when others do not conform to our own aging experience.

Can a Hearing Aid Reduce Facial Wrinkles?

By Po Chi Wu Ph.D. on January 24, 2018 in Jacob's Staff
Physical frustrations come with aging, but need not define our lives. With new tech tools and a positive mindset, unexpected, novel experiences are possible.

Onward and Upward!

Isn't it time to drop the phrase "over the hill"?