Essential Reads

New Study Explains Why Twins Live Longer

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
A new study examined why twins live longer. But non-twins can benefit from their findings as well.

Your Legacy

Legacy isn't only how others remember you. It's how you witness the significance of your own life

Being Dead

Professor Andrew Stark searches for ways for those who do not believe in an afterlife to accept mortality. But in the end, he is unable to escape stark psychological realities.
Carl Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and the Parental Brain Trust

It can strengthen adolescent capacity to cope to have open access to what, by living longer, parents have come to know.

More Posts on Aging

Welcome to My Very First Post!

Do we really need another blog on aging? Yes we do.

12 Predictions for 2050

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 24, 2016 in How To Do Life
Some reasons to want to be around at mid-century.

Caregiving

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on August 23, 2016 in Life After 50
Is taking take of an elderly parent making you feel guilty no matter how much you do?

10 Strategies to Try When You’re Sick of Being Sick

After fifteen years of chronic illness and writing a book titled "How to Be Sick," I still can feel sick of being sick.

Why Your Grandmother Is Still Working

Older workers are breaking all the rules. As of 2014, 60 percent of workers 65 and older had full-time jobs.
John Schuster

Original Teenage Soul

By John P. Schuster on August 18, 2016 in The Power of Your Past
The soulful social psychology of this weekend was not lost on any of us. We were celebrating the best parts of us that only these old friends know in its purest forms.

Sing Your Heart Out in the Old Age Home

By Temma Ehrenfeld on August 16, 2016 in Open Gently
To help someone with dementia, load up a Mp3 player with her favorite songs and give her a set of headphones, as long as there is staff to supervise. When you visit, sing.
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Overcoming Geriatric Technophobia, Part III

What can you do to overcome your technophobia?

Should We Limit What We Take on as We Near Death?

By Paul Ekman Ph.D. on August 11, 2016 in Face It!
We will all age and we all will die; we just don’t know when or how. Does that matter? How should we spend our remaining days?

What to Do When Your Parent-Caregiver Is a Narcissist

I wanted to interview Meredith again so I could get some pointers on how the chronically ill can effectively deal with a parent-caregiver who is self-absorbed and manipulative.

Understanding Elder Abuse (Part Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 10, 2016 in Media Spotlight
As more Baby Boomers reach retirement age, the demand for help and the burden this places on family members, will mean more cases of elder abuse as well.

One Drug-Free Way to Reduce Your Risk of 5 Chronic Diseases

By Christopher Bergland on August 09, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
A study published today offers a drug-free prescriptive that could reduce your risk of 5 chronic diseases. The best news: this remedy is inexpensive and universally accessible.

A Downside for Trophy Wives: Sexually Diminished Husbands

By Robert D. Martin Ph.D. on August 09, 2016 in How We Do It
Increasing reproductive problems with age are by no means confined to women. Clear evidence of similar drawbacks for men has been widely ignored. Trophy wives pay a high price!

Is Financial Nudging of American Consumers Backfiring?

Data from Vanguard’s “How America Saves 2016” report raises three red flags.

Many Commonly Used Drugs Are Useless

By Allen J Frances M.D. on August 07, 2016 in Saving Normal
Drug company marketing muscle can turn useless meds into financial blockbusters.

The Neuroprotective Powers of Exercise Should Motivate You

By Christopher Bergland on August 06, 2016 in The Athlete's Way
Do you need a new source of motivation to become more physically active? If so, there is growing evidence that exercise increases brain size and reduces dementia risk as you age.

When You Don't Know What to Say

By Wendy Lustbader M.S.W. on August 03, 2016 in Life Gets Better
Often we don't phone or visit when a loved one is ill or grieving because we don't know what to say and dread our awkwardness—then we feel guilty about our silence and inaction.

Understanding Elder Abuse (Part One of Two)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on August 03, 2016 in Media Spotlight
According to the 2009 National Elder Mistreatment Survey, at least ten percent of elderly people living in American communities (4.3 million people) experience abuse each year

The Playful Life

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 02, 2016 in On Having Fun
"Playfulness seems to be of relevance in all age groups and displays robust relations with different indicators of well-being."

You Write the Caption!

By Paul Joannides Psy.D. on August 01, 2016 in As You Like It
Please take a moment and write your own caption for this image that I've constructed.

A Link Between a Prostitute's Age and Her Income

A new study links a prostitute's age with her income. Although a seemingly narrow salacious topic, these findings address a broader scientific question that concerns us all.

A Billionaire Looks at Death

By Robin Marantz Henig on July 29, 2016 in Cusp
Finding out by chance George Soros' interest in end-of-life decision-making and why it's important.

Why Is Poor Balance Strongly Correlated With Dementia Risk?

A first-of-its-kind study has identified a strong link between poor balance and the risk of dementia in older age. What is the neuroscience behind this correlation?

Competing for Love

By Roberta Satow Ph.D. on July 27, 2016 in Life After 50
Is competition for your adult children's love making you miserable? Managing competitive feelings without acting on them can be a major challenge.
Car Pickhardt Ph.D.

Adolescence and Speed of Life

The demands of adolescence become more numerous as one grows because one must get up to speed to cope with the increased complexity of life.

Micro-Triumphs

I expected last Friday to be one of those terrible, horrible, no good, very bad days. Instead, I had a series of micro-triumphs. Here’s what I learned, Alexander.

A Fable About Aging

By Bernard L. De Koven on July 19, 2016 in On Having Fun
Might death be our best friend?

The Death of Biological Determinism

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on July 14, 2016 in iAge
A new study shows that genetics are not the sole factors that determine disease.

Want to Build Strength and Gain Muscle? Lift Lighter Weights

If you want to gain physical strength and build muscle—lifting lighter weights can be just as effective as lifting heavy weights, according to a new study.

Why Does the Brain Age? Can We Do Anything About It?

Why is brain aging so individually variable? Can we do anything to delay cognitive decline?