Essential Reads

Why Jobs That Make You Think Are Good Brain Medicine

The more mentally taxing your job is now, the more your brain benefits later.

A Little Good News for a Change

Love is the antidote to adversity.

Physically Active Children Grow Up to Be Healthier Adults

Childhood exercise increases the odds of being a healthy and active adult.

Top 10 'Memory' Diet Tips

How to eat your way to a better memory.

Recent Posts on Aging

Father, Daughter, and House: A Dialogue

In this post Miki Kashtan asks: How do we speak our truth authentically, and do it with care for the other person, letting them know how much we care? In this detailed example she helps a woman connect with her father over a difficult issue.

Do Dietary Supplements Really Work?

By David Ludden Ph.D. on July 03, 2015 in Talking Apes
The evidence for dietary supplements is scant, and they’re unlikely to afford any benefit beyond what a healthy diet and an active lifestyle can provide.

The Truth About Cremation

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on July 02, 2015 in Creating in Flow
You know we all have to die, right? If you're willing to learn what happens afterward, whether in traditional burials or the more sensible cremation industry, you will enjoy this memoir of a quirky writer who worked for several years in the American funeral industry.

The Neuroscience of Forming New Memories

In a breakthrough study, an international team of neuroscientists has identify how new memories are formed by individual neurons.

The Golden Ages of Television

As the baby boomer generation moves increasingly into old age, it is gratifying and inspiring to see older actors performing on television into their eighties – and beyond.

On Turning 65

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 30, 2015 in How To Do Life
My thoughts on reaching the traditional retirement age.

Why Jobs That Make You Think Are Good Brain Medicine

By David DiSalvo on June 28, 2015 in Neuronarrative
Adding to an already robust catalog of research showing that thinking-related challenges are like exercise for the brain, the latest study shows that jobs involving high levels of “executive, verbal and fluid” tasks enhance memory and thinking abilities for years to come.

A Little Good News for a Change

Many studies have shown that couples who enjoy long-term, fulfilling relationships, also tend to experience enhanced self-esteem, clarity of life purpose, a tendency to view things optimistically, and generally, better health.

Physically Active Children Grow Up to Be Healthier Adults

Why are children who exercise regularly more likely to remain healthy and fit into adulthood?

Top 10 'Memory' Diet Tips

A healthy diet optimizes brain health, memory function, and reduces risk of dementia.

Remembering As We Grow Old

By David Ludden Ph.D. on June 26, 2015 in Talking Apes
Memory doesn't have to decline in old age, but it does take more effort.

Stories of Seclusion: After A Face Lift

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 26, 2015 in How To Do Life
The weeks of seclusion after a face lift are scary and high-stakes.

Remember: You Can Boost Memory

Processing, retaining and recalling information are the fundamental components of memory that we use every day. Whether it’s trying to recall where we left off in our favorite TV series or put the car keys, or struggling to remember an anniversary or online password, our minds are constantly churning vast amounts of information. Sound exhausting? Without enough key brain n

Releasing Constipated Grief

By Kimberly Key on June 23, 2015 in Counseling Keys
Chronic complaining is one of the many side effects of constipated grief. Sometimes people have cumulative grief from traumas and losses that have piled up. They are deep storehouses of pain that the person hasn’t been able to fully process or release, so they get clogged up.

Getting Intentionally Lost Later in Life

By Sam Osherson Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Listen Up!
As we age, taking a Time Out can be crucial to vital involvement in our life. How to create a space where we can renew and rediscover ourselves?

When the Student Is Ready the Teacher Will Appear

By E. Paul Zehr Ph.D. on June 23, 2015 in Black Belt Brain
With some work and awareness, we can be ready to appreciate and learn many things we might otherwise overlook.

Ode To Dad (and Me)

By Rick Miller LICSW on June 21, 2015 in Unwrapped
There is no such thing as a perfect relationship, but updating the relationship with your father may be well timed and just what you need to reboot your life. A cleaner, less complicated connection is rewarding for everybody.

Two Views of Aging While Creative

By Susan K Perry Ph.D. on June 20, 2015 in Creating in Flow
Two well-known aging authors, May Sarton and Donald Hall, have written intimate tell-alls about how it feels to be 80-something.

Talking With Mom or Dad About Driving

Most of us will have to talk with our parents about their driving at some point. Let's discuss how not to fall into some common traps.

Buyer Beware (6)

By Maggie Scarf on June 19, 2015 in The Remarriage Blueprint
We has entered the wing of a retirement home that was designated for "Healthy Seniors," and found that we were in a world full of bizarre surprises - all of them decidedly unpleasant. Bad food, medical care and fellow residents who were anything but healthy.

Gone Daddy Gone

By Deborah Carr Ph.D. on June 18, 2015 in Bouncing Back
A Father's Day survival guide

What Can I Do About My Aching Back?

Nearly half of older adults report experiencing one episode of back pain in a calendar year. This pain can increase physical and social inactivity and decrease life satisfaction.

My Dad's Silly, Simple, Crazy Way to Make Decisions

My mom's death forced my dad to make one of the biggest decisions he had made in a long time. His approach to the decision turned out to be genius. And all this time, I thought I was the one who knew how to make decisions. Man, was I wrong.

An Unexpected Father's Day Gift

Americans receive some of the best health care money can buy; they also experience some of the worst deaths in the developed world. My dad helped us understand what was important to him at the end of his life.

The Aging of Aquarius

With our economic clout and sheer numbers, baby boomers are in a great position to change the narrative of aging, an achievement that if realized would rival our celebrated accomplishments during the counterculture years.

Hippocrates Was Right: "Walking Is the Best Medicine"

If you hate to exercise, I have good news. You don't necessarily have to exert yourself to reap huge benefits from physical activity. Researchers have found that small doses of light-intensity exercise—such as an easy walk or taking the stairs—are extremely good for your health.

Does Chronic Anxiety Increase Dementia Risk in the Elderly?

People who develop Alzheimer’s disease have abnormal proteins accumulating in their brains decades prior to the appearance of symptoms. Individuals who have an anxiety disorder during the pre-symptomatic phase of dementia display more rapid cognitive deterioration than non-anxious individuals.

Buyer Beware, Part 5

By Maggie Scarf on June 10, 2015 in The Remarriage Blueprint
We were healthy adults when we entered a retirement home, which had promised us "continuing care" as we aged. But what we found was medical care that was virtually non-existent.

Defeating the Deficit Model of Aging

Receiving an invitation to your 50 year high school reunion might just be the perfect chance to reflect on life and reframe your attitude to embrace the future. By taking the time to record your life story, you may see opportunities to continue growth and reward yourself for all the strength and accomplishments achieved over time.

How to Increase Your Lifespan By 2 Years

Living longer doesn't necessarily mean you have to make major changes to your diet or your exercise routine.