Here is Why Age-Related Memory and Thinking Problems Are Less Scary ...

Study reveals the chance that mild age-related memory and thinking problems will turn into dementia.

Jan 14

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Study: Internet-based screening can help detect aging-related ...

We just came across a new and fas­ci­nat­ing sci­en­tific paper, titled Devel­op­ment and eval­u­a­tion of a self-administered on-line test of mem­ory and atten­tion for middle-aged and older adults, and pub­lished at Fron­tiers in ...

Dec 8

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Diabetes Prevention in Midlife Helps Protect Aging Brain

People with type 2 diabetes in middle age had greater cognitive impairment in the following decades than did their nondiabetic counterparts. Dina Fine Maron reports

Dec 5

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Reminiscing can help boost mental performance

New research led by Cornell University neuroscientist Nathan Spreng shows for the first time that engaging brain areas linked to so-called "off-task" mental activities (such as mind-wandering and reminiscing) can actually boost performance on some ...

Oct 25

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Find a purpose, set goals and you'll live longer, Canadian study finds

It takes about 14 years for a child to go through grade school, hit puberty, and be at the cusp of an inescapable question: "What are you going to do with your life?"

Jun 11

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Learning second language 'slows brain ageing'

Learning a second language can have a positive effect on the brain, even if it is taken up in adulthood, a University of Edinburgh study suggests.

Jun 5

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Making Aging Positive

Many of my older-adult patients wanted to make a difference in the world but, finding no role for themselves, were treated as socially useless. Having created a new stage of life, the next step is to make it meaningful.

Jun 4

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Sense of purpose 'adds years to life'

Having a sense of purpose may add years to your life, regardless of what the purpose is, research suggests. Not only does it contribute to healthy aging, but it may also stave off early death, according to a study of 7,000 Americans.

May 22

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How to age well

Many of us assume that once we hit a certain age, our best years are behind us. In fact, there are plenty of examples of folk throughout history (and right up to the present day) who only really hit their stride and celebrate their greatest triumphs ...

Apr 22

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What Makes Older People Happy?

Every year, my husband and I wonder what kind of birthday gift to give his dad, now 86 years old. We know very well what Mel would really enjoy: a weeklong visit with us and our children, with lots of time spent eating out in comfortable ...

Feb 21

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Happiness

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Why Does Time Fly as We Get Older?

Another year; another Christmas around the corner. The conversation around the watercooler these days has evolved into the annual “where has the time gone?” discussion—how quickly the neighborhood kids have become high school graduates; how ...

Dec 19

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Creativity can last well into old age, as long as creators stay open ...

Doris Lessing, the freewheeling Nobel Prize-winning writer on racism, colonialism, feminism and communism who died Sunday at age 94, was prolific for most of her life. But five years ago, she said the writing had dried up. “Don’t imagine ...

Nov 28

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Creative Blocks

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Older age key factor in suicide risk in Asian patients with early ...

Suicide risk among patients with first-episode psychosis appears to be greatest for older individuals with severe symptoms that have gone untreated for a long time, Asian study findings indicate. High levels of functioning were also associated with ...

Nov 16

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Suicide Prevention

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Older Aussies with Mental Illness Experience Lack of Care

A lack of support and rehabilitation services is one of the major concerns for older people living with mental illness, new research by an Australian health charity has found. SANE Australia’s study, Growing Older, Staying Well – Mental health ...

Nov 8

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Learning New Skills Keeps an Aging Mind Sharp

Older adults are often encouraged to stay active and engaged to keep their minds sharp, that they have to “use it or lose it.” But new research indicates that only certain activities — learning a mentally demanding skill like photography, for ...

Oct 24

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