Essential Reads

What Does Your Plastic Brain Need to Grow?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in Brain Waves
What does your brain need to grow? Create these 8 neuroplastic circumstances to enrich your brain!

Making Better Medical Decisions

By Haider Warraich M.D. on September 26, 2016 in On Modern Medicine
Modern healthcare can come with a dizzying array of options, many of which could mean different destinations.

What We Know About Aging Americans and Their Caregivers

As the U.S. population ages, older adults are less likely to live in poverty, but more likely to require care.

How Self-Initiated Laughter Can Make You Feel Better

By Christopher Bergland on September 18, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
William James once said, "We don't laugh because we're happy, we're happy because we laugh." New research confirms that laughter improves psychological and physical well-being.

More Posts on Aging

On Autumn and Fall, Life's Last Smile

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 26, 2016 in How To Do Life
Coping with nearing the end of life's conveyer belt.

Myth: I’m Too Old to Find Love

Everyone dreams of finding sweet love.

How Should We Plan for Growing Old?

What determines our satisfaction as we age?

Sibling Conflict and Gender

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on September 22, 2016 in Life After 50
Are your siblings sharing the burden of caring for Mom?

Witness My Life

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in iAge
How witnessing--the act of affirming one's presence and passage in time--can be the love we seek.

Evolutionary Adaptations and Male Mortality

By Glenn C. Altschuler Ph.D. on September 20, 2016 in This Is America
The most social of the sciences, evolutionary biology draws on anthropology, endocrinology, and genetics to understand male aging, including the gender gap in mortality rates.

Storytelling Is a Conduit for Intergenerational Learning

Have you shared a well-told story with a teen or grandchild lately? The result could be transformative for both of you!

The Man Who Did Not Feel Well

How much has medicine changed since I was a boy?

Unspeakables

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on September 17, 2016 in How To Do Life
What would you say to your mirror that you couldn't say to any person?
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Understanding and Choosing Better Coping Skills

When it comes to better understanding and treating addiction, we can learn a lot by looking at a person’s coping mechanisms.

Aging

By Graham Collier on September 15, 2016 in The Consciousness Question
Such is the journey of human consciousness.

Fascinating Evidence Shows How Melatonin Can Help With GERD

By Lucy O'Donnell on September 15, 2016 in Cancer Is a Teacher
Are you suffering from a multitude of gastrointestinal problems. Look at the findings that suggest melatonin, aside from its other benefits, may greatly help.

Were the 1970s Better or Worse Than the 60s?

Ah, the 1970s, when we used our own heads as one giant roller. When Jade East, English Leather, Herbal Essence, Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Pursettes filled our backpacks.

Wisdom in the White House and Older Presidents

By Alan Castel Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Metacognition and the Mind
Should we be concerned and/or excited about older-aged presidents in the White House, as old age is associated with wisdom?

Want to Be Young and Healthy Forever?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on September 13, 2016 in Intentional Insights
Here's the science that will help!

Resting in Peace

How should we think about our own inevitable mortality?

Grumpy Old Men (And Women) Are a Myth

By Becky Ready Ph.D., ABPP on September 13, 2016 in Your Quality of Life
If you are a healthy, older adult, your emotional resources may be at their lifetime peak.

Study Warns Sex Is Good for Older Women, Risky for Older Men

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on September 12, 2016 in Cravings
Sex is different for men and women, in more ways than one. A recent study explains.

Study: More Exercise Isn't Necessarily Better for Your Brain

By Christopher Bergland on September 10, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you hate to exercise? If so, I have good news. A new study reports that you do not have to be an exercise fanatic to reap the neuroprotective benefits of physical activity.

Why Our Memories Seem to Change as We Age

What should we do when our future is limited and our past is solidified in our background? Should we improve our hindsight or pursue our dreams?

The Opportunities of Aging

By Loren A. Olson M.D. on September 09, 2016 in Finally Out
We can either measure time or we can experience time. I don't know how much time I have left, but I intend to experience it rather than measure it.

If Alzheimer’s Disease Was Treated Like Cancer

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on September 08, 2016 in iAge
Translating The Blue Ribbon Panel of expert advisers basic steps in research applied for dementia. A real set of guidelines for the malady of the 21st century.

Unearthing Rarely Heard Songs of Your Youth Is Revitalizing

By Christopher Bergland on September 08, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Overplayed songs become blasé. But, tracking down forgotten music of your youth—and reconnecting with rare nostalgic songs—can take you back in time and make you feel young again.

The Guest in My Sitting Room

Is your cable bill making you anxious? How much television viewing is healthy and relaxing? How much is too much?

The Man Who was a Very Good Cook

Ever wonder what it is like to be a conscientious physician trying to practice medicine in contemporary America?

What Determines Our Longevity?

Understanding the determinants of our longevity will help us understand where to place our attention.

Sexy-Agenarians

By Christina Pierpaoli on August 30, 2016 in Eng(aging)
Sexuality appears not only to continue into the third act, but—like a fine wine—evolves in its complexity, flavor, and very constitution with age.

Remember Your Best Teacher? One 82-Year-Old Does

As students head back to school this year, Bill, an 82-year-old widower, grieves the loss of his wife. What do the two have in common? Teachers.

7 Elements of Wisdom That Can Make You Happier as You Age

By Christopher Bergland on August 29, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
New research suggests that people tend to become happier as they age. Unfortunately, younger people are less happy than ever. This post offers insights for people of all ages.

How Optimism Can Affect Our Financial Decisions Adversely

Research shows optimists prefer risky investments, gamble to win & postpone saving money. But we can be optimistic and make good financial decisions at the same time.