Essential Reads

How Long Will Your Dog Live?

A dog's remaining life expectancy can be predicted by its size and current age.

Mental Fitness for Seniors

Isn't Mental Fitness as Important as Physical Fitness?

Are You in Cognitive Decline?

When do cognitive abilities peak?

Does Video Game-Playing Sharpen Mental Skills and Speed?

New research casts doubt on the supposed cognitive benefits of video gaming.

Recent Posts on Aging

Don’t Waste Your Time (It’s Precious)

By Jim Taylor Ph.D. on June 02, 2015 in The Power of Prime
I’m a ‘timeist.’ A timeist is someone who discriminates against others who waste their time. I hoard my time like misers hoard their money and animals hoard their food. Time has become truly precious to me and any second not spent with people or activities I care about feels like time stolen from me with no chance of return.

The Good and Bad News for Post-Menopausal Women

By Rebecca Coffey on June 02, 2015 in The Bejeezus Out of Me
A four-year placebo-controlled study suggests that HRT doesn't slow cognitive decline. But there is good news for post-menopausal women who feel like they're "losing it."

Everyone Needs Support - But Some Don't Like To Admit It

There are many good reasons to attend a support group for Alzheimer's care partners, but it seems there are just as many reasons people give for not going. Even if you don't feel you need to go to a support group, try it anyway - for yourself, and for your loved one who suffers from the disease.

Happiness With Life 9: Making Friends With Death

Death can be your friend or your enemy. If you fear your death, you will create for yourself anguish and dread. If you embrace it as something you are inevitably moving toward, you use it to spur yourself to exult in each day as if it were your last.

Healing Anxiety Naturally

The original and best remedy for fear is a safe relationship: intimacy is the mother of all anxiety tonics.

Buyer Beware (4)

When making serious life decisions do not rely on the casual advice of friends. Check it out for yourselves and do so very carefully. You will have a long time to repent any mistakes.

New York Blood Center Leaves Chimps to Die of Starvation

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 29, 2015 in Animal Emotions
An institution that conducted experiments on approximately 200 chimpanzees and made a commitment to provide them with lifelong care has abandoned the ones who are still alive, leaving them to die of starvation. Dr. Brian Hare, an anthropologist and primatologist at Duke University notes, “Never, ever have I seen anything even remotely as disgusting as this.”

Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Pills

By Lisa Thomas LMFT on May 28, 2015 in Save Your Sex Life
Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Drugs

Alcohol Abuse and the Elderly: The Problem Worsens

It will come as no surprise that a considerable number of the older people in our nation drink. A drink after work or a couple of glasses of wine with dinner is a habit that can be picked up over a lifetime.

Vulnerability

Because we are limited, finite, mortal beings, vulnerability to trauma is a necessary and universal feature of our human condition. Suffering, injury, illness, death, heartbreak, loss--these are possibilities that define our existence and loom as constant threats. To be human is to be excruciatingly vulnerable.

How Long Will Your Dog Live?

New data shows that a dog's size has a greater influence on its life expectancy then we had previously believed.

Seven Lessons From the History of Adulthood

Lessons from the past that illuminate the present.

Aging-in-Place May Be a Fountain of Youth Secret

One of the benefits of aging-in-place is good neighborhood gossip -- a reason to stay alive and well is so that you don’t miss out on the next installment.

Mortality and the Luck of the Draw

By E E Smith on May 25, 2015 in Not Born Yesterday
A woman who reportedly went to extraordinary lengths to protect herself, and still died in a freak accident, reminded me of another who did much the same thing, and still met death in an unexpected way. The two had little in common except how far they went in order to stay alive, which––as it turned out––was not in the cards.

Do Older Married People Live More Happily Than Single Peers?

When marriage is enjoyed by two people later in life, it can be more rewarding and fulfilling than expected. By keeping in mind just a few tips, committed couples can improve their quality of life by exercising choices that are within their control.

What's Wrong With Immortality?

Plan to live forever - or die trying?

Decision-Making 101

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on May 21, 2015 in Memory Medic
Good decision making depends on selective attention skills. Seniors are better at this than young people, whose culture and schools are making matters worse.

Can't Sit Still? You Are Not Alone

A friend laughed with relief when I told her how noisy my mind is when I step outside intending to sit and listen to birdsong. She thought she was the only one who could barely quiet her mind enough to sit still. I find that the fresh air, earth aromas, and the bird chorus are there for a moment or two and then all that I am trying to savor drops away.

Buyer Beware, Part 3

This is the story of a trusting senior couple who made a serious life decision on the basis of a friend's advice. We had not realized that retirement homes are prone to make big promises and deliver shoddy services—at a high cost.

Mental Fitness for Seniors

Baby boomers are one of the largest aging cohorts ever. Given that more seniors than ever will be driving, traveling, and working, there is an urgency to staying mentally fit.

Are You in Cognitive Decline?

By Art Markman Ph.D. on May 19, 2015 in Ulterior Motives
I speak to a lot of corporate audiences. Regardless of the topic I am speaking about, I get a lot of general psychology questions from the crowd. The most popular question is about cognitive performance and aging. People in their 50s and 60s begin to worry that they are not going to be able to keep up mentally with their younger colleagues.

Beliefs About Brain Training: Why They Could Be Hurting Us

Can brain training help or hurt? It may depend on your attitude about what you expect to get out of it.

Very Small Amounts of Exercise Can Reap Huge Benefits

If you are someone who hates to exercise, I have good news. Two different studies published in May 2015 report that small amounts of "light-intensity" physical activity can dramatically improve your health and longevity.

World War II Memories

A I was to young to remember much about it. But I've been so riveted to other people's dramatizations of the war in books, films or on the screen, that the war has felt like part of my psychic reality. You could say I've been just one step shy of suffering a Brian Williams type 'embellishment syndrome.'

Death With Dementia

By Robin Marantz Henig on May 15, 2015 in Cusp
Sandy Bem needed to choose a day to die, and it had to be just right. Too soon, and it might be a day when she still felt basically fine, still essentially herself even as her Alzheimer's disease implacably ate away at her intellect. Too late, and she might no longer have the resolve, or the understanding, or even the physical dexterity to end her life on her own.

Longevity Cookbook is Your Chance to Defeat Aging

One dashing 29-year-old scientist is helping to bring longevity research into people's houses—specifically into their kitchens. Maria Konovalenko is one of the lead organizers and authors of the Longevity Cookbook, full of recipes and ideas that will help you live far longer.

Compassion: Living, Loving, and Dying

Compassion, which we so often show towards strangers, can sometimes take a back seat with those we love. Yet in society today, we need compassion, for those in our homes, in nursing facilities, and in hospitals.

Buyer Beware Part 2

How two intelligent senior professionals were taken for a very expensive ride

Lessons in Speaking From The Heart

By Greg O'Brien on May 12, 2015 in On Pluto
Laughter can be a powerful antidote to dementia—the pain, conflict, and stress of it. A good laugh, doctors say, reduces tension and can leave muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes. Laughter boosts the immune system, decreases stress hormones, and triggers the release of endorphins—the natural drug of choice.

Hawaiian Luaus, Leis and... End-of-Life Care?

Can one of the smallest states show the rest of us how to transform health care?