Essential Reads

Two Single Women Who Outlived Nearly Everyone in the World

By Bella DePaulo Ph.D. on December 16, 2017 in Living Single
Two single women outlived nearly everyone else in the world. Why did their stories seem to matter even more than scientific research documenting the longevity of single people?

Stuck on Repeat in Alzheimer’s Disease

By Ira Hyman Ph.D. on December 14, 2017 in Mental Mishaps
If you have a relative with Alzheimer’s, you’ve probably experienced conversational loops. A topic comes once and within a few minutes, you're back to it again, stuck on repeat.

Study: "Pride Comes Before a Fall" Is Flawed in Two Ways

By Christopher Bergland on December 13, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
Does pride really come before a fall? A quirky new study tackles this question from two seemingly unrelated angles.

Is Slurred Speech a Sign of Vascular Dementia?

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 10, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Strokes can lead to problems with speech, walking, strength, thinking, and memory, and are a common cause of dementia. But can you diagnose someone just by observing them?

More Posts on Aging

Let's talk about sex—After 60.

By Christina Pierpaoli Parker on December 17, 2017 in Eng(aging)
Sex after 60 remains shrouded in secrecy, stemming from a cocktail of stigma, enigma, and clinical avoidance. Aging aficionado Christina Pierpaoli Parker discusses why.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Prepare for Change

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on December 17, 2017 in Life, Refracted
When change is thrust upon us by internal shifts, the contexts of our lives, or conditions in the larger world, we can show our love by ways we confront challenges together.

Holiday Memories?

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on December 17, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
When we join our family for the holidays, we may notice a slip of memory in a parent or grandparent. How do you know if it’s normal for age or a sign of Alzheimer’s?

What Fraction of Men Develop Erectile Dysfunction, Really?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on December 15, 2017 in All About Sex
Sexologists still don't know the true prevalence of ED. But as time passes, the proportion of men who admit it keeps growing.

Letting Go

By Steve Taylor Ph.D. on December 15, 2017 in Out of the Darkness
Why do some people become more 'spiritual,' and happier, as they get older? Aging can be a process of letting go that leads to acceptance and inner well-being.
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Free Associations Across the Lifespan

By Thomas Hills Ph.D. on December 11, 2017 in Statistical Life
What happens to free associations as we age from four legs to three? The mind comes together. Then blows apart like a dandelion in the wind.

Spin Versus Gerontology

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on December 10, 2017 in iAge
Without protests to halt the cut to Medicare, no amount of reframing will ever reverse the damage done that will start over the next few months.

The Demography of Aging

Ever wonder why nearly 75 percent of our longevity has so little to do with our genetics or health care?

Losing It

Although everyone loses things, no one has studied how we search for lost items. This would be a wonderful research topic that could shed light on memory more generally.

How to Handle the Holidays When You Have Hearing Loss

By Shari Eberts on December 06, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can make the holidays tricky, but there is no need to miss out on all the fun. Follow these tips and enjoy a festive and joyful holiday season.

Are Millennials Evolved for a Non-Existent World?

By Grant Hilary Brenner M.D. on December 06, 2017 in ExperiMentations
Don't be a hater. Hate the game, not the player? With millennials, do we have a prayer? A brief idiomatic essay on human evolution.
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Push and Pull: Dancing With Our Daughters

By Sandra Butler on December 05, 2017 in It Never Ends
My daughter and I are still dancing – but who's leading?

Driving While Old

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on December 03, 2017 in iAge
There are computer-based tools for improving useful field of view and retraining the brain to drive more safely.

The Psychology of Death and Dying

How many people fear death, how many embrace it, and what makes the difference?

Could an App Diagnose Your Memory Problems?

Could an iPad app diagnose you with dementia? Researchers believe it can.

One Essential Thing We Can Do to Slow the Aging Process

By Sheila Kohler on December 02, 2017 in Dreaming for Freud
So much of what we can do as we age depends on practice and consistency.

3 Tips to Finding Love When You’re Older

It takes a willingness to stay the course and not give up.

Reflections on a Wooden Bowl

By Susan Hooper on November 30, 2017 in Detours and Tangents
Rediscovering a family heirloom made me curious about its owner—my great-grandmother.

DHEA Improves Depressed Mood But Not Cognitive Functioning

Have you read about DHEA for depressed mood or cognitive problems? There are positive findings for depression but most studies on cognitive decline and dementia are inconclusive.

Does Getting Older Mean You're Wiser?

By Nicole F. Bernier, Ph.D. on November 29, 2017 in Ripening With Time
Why we may find ourselves saying or doing regrettable things without knowing why.

In Long-Term Care, Patient-on-Patient Violence on the Rise

By Robert T Muller Ph.D. on November 23, 2017 in Talking About Trauma
Mental-health treatment plans may reduce aggression in dementia patients.

Why You Should Consider Serving Fish This Thanksgiving

By Andrew E. Budson M.D. on November 19, 2017 in Managing Your Memory
Wondering what foods can reduce the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s and actually improve cognitive function? Hint: It isn’t blueberries, coconut oil, or turmeric.
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The Ego and Delirium

We must confront a terrifying fact: Delirium, in its distressing volatility, in its elusive content, is a temporal horizon between meaning and nothingness.

Light Physical Activity Prolongs Life, but MVPA Is Better

By Christopher Bergland on November 17, 2017 in The Athlete's Way
If you dislike aerobic exercise, good news: A new study reports that light physical activity can prolong life. That said, moderate intensity provides even more benefits.

Challenging the Ageist Paradigm

By Olivia Ames Hoblitzelle on November 15, 2017 in Aging with Wisdom
Where do you see ageism in our culture and how do you respond?

It’s Never Too Late to Put Yourself First

Sometimes we take a stand and decide it’s time to take a good look at our lives and change. Sometimes we find ourselves in circumstances that force to change.

Managing Diabetes in Festive Times

Are you worried about managing your Type 2 diabetes as the holidays approach? Are you anxious about going to social gatherings? Talking about your concerns and planning can help.

Block the Pop-Ups: Think Less, Think Better

By Nicole F. Bernier, Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Ripening With Time
Imagination is used in a positive way whenever it brings peace. Imagination is used negatively whenever it brings unnecessary agitation.

How Maslow Got Cool

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
Self-actualization has emerged as a common goal among more psychologically secure baby boomers, and it is something that will become even more prevalent in their third act of life.
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Super Agers May Be Smarter than Their Peers

By Jane Adams Ph.D. on November 14, 2017 in Between the Lines
Young friends keep you young, smart, and in the know.