Essential Reads

Understanding How to Live with Dementia

Skilled exercises help slow memory loss

At What Age Are You Most Likely to Be Lonely?

By Guy Winch Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in The Squeaky Wheel
Many people associate being lonely with being old. However, a new study finds many of assumptions about loneliness are wrong.

Older Brains Wired for Positivity

Older adult brains have stronger capacity to manage negative emotions.

This Is the Surprising Factor That Can Predict Long Life

If you are an attractive non-smoking woman who feels good and thinks quickly, your future looks bright.

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Transhumanism May Change Racism in the Future

Despite decades of progress, racism and bigotry are still prevalent in the United States. Coming transhumanism technology might help us all get along better.

The Truth About Seniors and Sex

Although we're more likely to experience sexual difficulties as we age, older adults are still capable of maintaining active and satisfying sex lives.

Passing the Baton, Mother to Son: You Rock!

By Greg O'Brien on May 18, 2016 in On Pluto
The efficacious passing of the baton in a relay race is as fundamental as lacing up a pair of running shoes, and has relevance in the fight against Alzheimer’s.

The Road to Retirement (Part One)

By Romeo Vitelli Ph.D. on May 18, 2016 in Media Spotlight
All humans have an innate need to belong and to remain a contributing member of society. Can this sense of belonging remain even after we have stopped working?

Your Birthday

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on May 16, 2016 in How To Do Life
What do you really want from your birthday and other special events? What do your loved ones want from theirs?

Do We Really Want to Stop Aging?

Marketers and the media have each encouraged the idea that aging does not and should not have to happen, further entrenching the peculiar idea that getting older should be avoided.

Radical Technology, Reason, and the Word “Why”

The human race is on the threshold of much revolutionary change. It’s due to the emerging field of transhumanism: a social movement advocating science, technology, and reason.
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Got Death Anxiety?

By Stephen A. Diamond Ph.D. on May 10, 2016 in Evil Deeds
Do you have hidden death anxiety?

Ejecting the Beauty Myth

Through the media's portrayal of beauty, we have accepted the idea that older women are “expired products," but this myth is not only poisonous, it's flat out wrong.

Your Worst Enemy

We make our own misery. Life is hard enough, but we make things worse by exaggerating our failings and piling up proof of our deficiencies.

If Your Mother Was Grieving, Could You Become Her Caretaker?

What would you do if you suddenly found that you had to care for a depressed and grieving parent?

Retirement—Dealing With Uncertainty and Fear

If you are like most people, you find comfort in a certain level of stability and routine. Retirement can be a source of great anxiety and uncertainty.

8 Reasons to Exercise That Have Nothing to Do With Swimsuits

Exercise causes exterior changes to our bodies, but there are plenty of other reasons to get moving.

Geriatric Technophobia, Part II

Don't think you're missing much by avoiding technology? Maybe it's time to reconsider.

Aging and Stereotyping

When knowledge about aging increases, ageist attitudes decrease.

Gimme a Break! You Can Get Stronger, Without Working Harder

Are you feeling weak and lazy? If so, I have good news. Scientists have identified a way to increase muscle mass without having to exert any effort.

Narcissist's Adult Child: A Painful Role

If a narcissistic parent feels threatened, they can go from extreme adoration to devaluation in moments.

The Gift of Listening to Our Mothers

We may think we our doing our mothers a favor by listening to them, but the gift is ours.

Twelve Surprising Results that Lead to Finding “Balance”

By Kimberly Key on April 30, 2016 in Counseling Keys
Years of research revealed twelve areas of life that need attention for balance and health. Which of these areas of your life are neglected or overdeveloped?

Cultivating a Passion for Prevention

By Michael Hogan Ph.D. on April 28, 2016 in In One Lifespan
The mass of evidence suggests that changes in the habits and habitats of people are much more important than biomedical interventions in shaping the health of populations.
Photo by Robin Marantz Henig

Two New Spins On "Never Too Old"

By Robin Marantz Henig on April 27, 2016 in Cusp
Two newspaper articles appeared last week about late-life transformations that showed that no matter how old you get, you might still be in for more than your share of surprises.

Not All Sadness Is the Same

What can we learn about well-being from older adults? They may not feel so bad about themselves when experiencing sadness or loneliness.

Unnoticed: The Severely Mentally Ill Who Die Too Soon

These invisible people touch our lives each day, in one way or another, but die too soon.

A Behaviorist Contemplates Retirement (and Death)

A friend recently asked me if I would eventually want a retirement party. “Absolutely,” I said. “It’s called a funeral.”

The Reason We Need a Transhumanism Movement

Transhumanism is a social movement that is imbued with a techno-optimism that is contagious. The movement is growing like wildfire.
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It's Better to Be Rich

Rich in America have gained as much expected lifespan in the last 15 years as if all cancer deaths were abolished.

The Evidence on Retirement

Are you considering retirement in the near future? Find out what the research says about its effect on your physical and mental health.

Ethical Issues in Health Care

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on April 11, 2016 in How To Do Life
Dr. Mildred Solomon reveals the ethical issues in health care.

Reading as Deliberate Confrontation

Yes there is time for fast reading. Indulge away and keep yourself broadly informed. But do another kind of reading. Be revolutionary. Slow down.
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Putting It in Writing

By Robin Marantz Henig on April 07, 2016 in Cusp
My husband and I drew up our living wills recently -- just part of Life in the Sixties, the realization that it behooves us to finally get our house in order.