Essential Reads

New Research Confirms 9 Ways to Help Beat Dementia

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on August 17, 2017 in Cravings
Don't wait until you're old to worry about dementia—act now to prevent cognitive decline.

Remembering Accidentally on Purpose

It's a well-known, unfortunate fact of life that some of our memory functions decline as we age, but recent studies suggest there may be a silver lining to that gray cloud.

Intimacy May Be One Key to a Longer Life

It’s well known that a satisfying sex life can enhance individual and couple happiness. New research shows that sex, apart from satisfaction, may help you age more slowly.

Why Would Anyone Build Their Own Coffin?

In the remote Tasmanian town of Ulverstone there’s a community group who’ve taken to building their own coffins years before they need them. Why are they doing it?

More Posts on Aging

How Our Bodies Age, Part 5

Does sexuality have to decline as we age? Maybe in this regard aging is a myth. We grow old in other people's eyes and eventually they convince us of that fact.

Crossing the Thin Line to Starvation: Caloric Restriction

Caloric restriction has occurred throughout history during war and famine, but restricting caloric intake while maintaining adequate nutrition may increase our "healthspan."

Is Your Brain Older Than You Are?

By William R. Klemm Ph.D. on August 15, 2017 in Memory Medic
Memory loss is a main symptom of excessive brain aging that we can all notice.

I May Not End As Playfully As Planned

By Bernard L. De Koven on August 15, 2017 in On Having Fun
My body might not be able to keep my soul’s sometimes over-eager promises.

Age and Critical Thinking

Though mature students think they’re pretty good at CT, often they are not.

The New Old

By Lawrence R Samuel Ph.D. on August 11, 2017 in Boomers 3.0
The Greatest Generation survived the Depression and saved the American Way of Life, but Baby Boomers are now reinventing the concept of older age—a historic achievement in itself.

A Psychology of Humor

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on August 10, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Jokes hold up a mirror in which we can learn to see our hidden hopes and fears and ask, What kind of animals are we?

Why Are Periods of Solitude So Important?

Just as music depends on the space between the notes and painting also is also about the use of space, so is human life itself.

Things to Do When You’re Mostly Housebound

I’ve had over sixteen years to adjust to being at home most of the time. Here seven ideas for living a purposeful and fulfilling life even if you’re stuck at home.

Do You Get Hearing Loss Exhaustion?

By Shari Eberts on August 09, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Does your hearing loss exhaust you? You are not alone.

Loneliness Cited as Public Health Threat

By Rita Watson MPH on August 08, 2017 in With Love and Gratitude
Finding a way to encourage seniors and those is social isolation to become part of a group that supports humor and reminiscing can stem the tide of a loneliness epidemic.

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Caring and Caregiving

Providing care to a loved one who is dependent, fragile, or in need shows love in a basic way. Those who give with generosity and reliability rewards themselves as well as others.

7 Keys to Coping with a Loved One’s Serious Illness

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 05, 2017 in How To Do Life
An interview with a psychologist whose wife has cancer and is recovering from a stroke.

Regrets in Life: A Good or Bad Thing?

By Ray Williams on August 04, 2017 in Wired for Success
Which regrets are more powerful—the ones that involve mistakes we have made, or the ones that involve things we didn’t do?
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Dementia and Cancer: the Two-Thirds Rule

Is luck the biggest factor in health outcomes?

Do We Ever Really Change in Our Adult Children's Eyes?

By Dena Kouremetis on August 02, 2017 in The Unedited Offspring
Do our grown children ever stop to notice growth in their own parents? Or do their minds settle on an image of us that never truly changes?


By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about an attempt to stay relevant.

Is Mouth Bacteria Causing Dementia?

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on August 01, 2017 in iAge
It is biologically feasible for oral bacteria to go through the bloodstream, reach the brain and either initiate or promote existing lesions and cause an inflammatory response.

Menopause, Mice, and Muffin Tops

It's a very symptom filled change of life, but then again which growth development isn't so?

Want Long-Term Well-Being in Life? Your Mind Holds the Key

Do you want lifelong vitality and health? Research shows that your state of mind and engagement with others matter more than your physical condition.

Reminiscing and Contemplating

There is a natural tendency with age to live too much in the past.
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From the Cradle to the Grave, Looking Back

By Greg O'Brien on July 28, 2017 in On Pluto
“As I watched my wife of 66 years begin to deteriorate with dementia, it was the first serious trauma I had faced since losing my parents."

Benefits of Sex After 50

On July 24, 2017, The European Court of Human Rights affirmed the importance of sexuality to people 50 and older. From hormones to spirituality, sex can benefit older adults.

Senior Self-Employment

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on July 28, 2017 in How To Do Life
Seven ideas well-suited to older people that haven’t previously been self-employed.
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Purpose and Sleep

Does a sense of purpose lead to better slumber?

“Dr. Google,” Friend or Foe?

Here are a few of experiences I’ve had with Dr. Google, first as friend, then as foe. I hope they serve as a guide to using Google wisely. It’s not easy to do, that’s for sure.

Will Social Prescribing Be the Next Wellness Phenomenon?

"Social prescribing" is a relatively new non-medical approach to psychological, physical, and financial well-being that has the potential to dramatically improve people's lives.
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What Helps People Live a Long and Satisfying Life?

By Lori Russell-Chapin Ph.D. on July 16, 2017 in Brain Waves
Strengthen your face-to-face relationships. It will add years to your life!

How Our Bodies Age, Part 4

What are the age-related changes that occur and what are the implications for us?