Essential Reads

What Is the Rip Van Winkle Effect?

How do you stop time from passing by so quickly?

Coping with Micro-Stressors: How Do I Work My Smart TV?

How do I work my Smart TV? What can we do about micro-stressors?

How Hobbies Impact Your Head and Your Heart

Are you looking to feel happier, younger and smarter? An hour a day could make all the difference.

How Does Your Age Difference Affect Your Relationship?

6 core questions to know if your age-gap relationship has what it takes to last.

More Posts on Aging

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Where is Your Home?

By Diana Raab PhD on June 27, 2017 in The Empowerment Diary
If you are like most Americans and have moved an average of eleven times, have you wondered where your home is? When you get down to it, home is where your heart is.

Turning Negatives into Positives When You're Chronically Ill

I thought it would be constructive to take what I tend to think of as the negatives about chronic pain and illness and see if I could turn them into positives.

Five Common Factors Influencing Our Feelings of Time

The perception of time as lasting too long is associated with too high of a cost, which leads to the selection of alternatives with more immediate outcomes.

Driving Me Wild

I'd like to remain detached when cheaters cut in and just let aggressive drivers have their way. Instead, I go wild. I get agitated and yell expletives.

Sleep, Genetic Conflict, and Human Longevity

By Patrick McNamara Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in Dream Catcher
Non-optimal sleep durations carry a differential cost for males because too little or too much sleep is associated with defective sperm quality and shorter telomere lengths.

Immortality

By Mario D Garrett Ph.D. on June 25, 2017 in iAge
The answer to whether immortality is even possible...

Beyond the Prophylactic and the Panacea

The hospital is a complex solution for the care of the elderly and delirium is an evolutionary fact for which assistance must be given.

Good Grandparent Moments

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 24, 2017 in How To Do Life
Some reminders of things to savor

Is Dying Our Greatest Fear?

Does fear of death become greater or lesser as you age?

What Older Dads Need To Know

Are geeks taking over the world? The sons of older fathers are more geeky, and do better academically in success-predicting academics. The "Geek Index" helps us study geekiness.

One-Hit Wonder

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 22, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about a has-been, who feels his best days are behind him.

Retire?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 21, 2017 in How To Do Life
An internal dialogue.

To Age Well, You Need Friends

By Temma Ehrenfeld on June 19, 2017 in Open Gently
New research suggests that the importance of friendship increases with age. This works both ways—quarrels with friends, it suggests, is tied to chronic health problems.
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Where Do Gerontologists Fit on Interdisciplinary Teams?

By Christina M. Pierpaoli on June 18, 2017 in Eng(aging)
Gains in longevity have introduced clinical complexities that require diverse skills and perspectives. Where do gerontologists sit at the table?
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Talking With Your Parent About Aging and Death

By Monica N. Starkman M.D. on June 16, 2017 in On Call
Ways to deal with a life stage that brings opportunities as well as challenges.

Surviving Father's Day

By Deborah J. Cohan, Ph.D. on June 15, 2017 in Social Lights
Strategies for coping with father loss.

How Our Bodies Age (Part 3)

What changes in our nervous system can we expect as we age? And what are the implications?
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Study Reveals Key to Happiness, Leaves a Question Unanswered

By F. Diane Barth L.C.S.W. on June 11, 2017 in Off the Couch
An almost 80-year longitudinal study out of Harvard offers a suggestion for happiness, but leaves one big question unanswered.

Questions and Answers for Employees 50+

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 09, 2017 in How To Do Life
Asking yourself these questions and using these tactics can really help.

Four Fun Ways to Enrich Your Life and Improve Your Health

By Meg Selig on June 08, 2017 in Changepower
Does it seem like everything good is bad for you? Not so! Savor these four pleasures and become healthier and happier as you do so.

If Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number, Why Didn’t You Hire Me?

By Dawn R. Norris, Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in The Next Step
It’s not your imagination—workplace age discrimination is real.

New Widow

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on June 07, 2017 in How To Do Life
A short-short story about mismatched aging.

Taking to the Hut at Midlife

By Karin Arndt, Ph.D. on June 05, 2017 in A Hut of Her Own
Feeling stuck, disoriented, or vaguely depressed at midlife? It may be time to shed your old skin and make space for something new. The hut can help.
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Is It Time to Get Your Hearing Checked?

By Shari Eberts on June 05, 2017 in Life With Hearing Loss
Do you or someone you love have a hearing loss? Here are five reasons to find out. Your health and happiness depend on it.

The Best Way to Die

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on June 04, 2017 in Am I Right?
Is it better to rage, rage against death or to go gently into the night?

52 Ways to Show I Love You: Aging with Joy

Delia Ephron's moving essay inspires appreciation of the many ways that both experiencing and showing love can change as we age. Shifts in priorities bring changes in behavior.

Can You Prevent Alzheimer's Disease with Diet and Exercise?

Scientists are discovering that healthy choices can help prevent Alzheimer's disease.

What Was Jerry Garcia's Addiction?

By Stanton Peele on June 01, 2017 in Addiction in Society
Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead are portrayed in the more than four-hour documentary, Love Strange Trip, representing the intricate connections of their music and lives.

What’s the Best Age to Be?

By Jenni Ogden Ph.D. on May 31, 2017 in Trouble in Mind
Anecdotal evidence suggests that enjoyment of life is a common ingredient in those who still excel either physically or cognitively into their very old age.

How Our Body Ages, Part 2

Our heart, lungs, liver and gastrointestinal tract change as we age in ways that may surprise you.