Older people are Happier Year after year

Conventional notions have described aging as an ongoing process of physical and cognitive decline, with mental health mirroring the downward trend. However, a new study by researchers at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine ...

Aug 30

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Happiness, Life Purpose / Meaning / ...


Promising new methods for early detection of Alzheimer's disease

New methods to examine the brain and spinal fluid heighten the chance of early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. These findings may have important implications for early detection of the disease, the choice of drug treatment and the inclusion of ...

Jul 11

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Dementia


Cerebrovascular disease linked to Alzheimer's

While strokes are known to increase risk for dementia, much less is known about diseases of large and small blood vessels in the brain, separate from stroke, and how they relate to dementia. Diseased blood vessels in the brain itself, which commonly ...

Jul 4

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Dementia


Exercise may slow brain aging by 10 years for older people

Exercise in older people is associated with a slower rate of decline in thinking skills that occurs with aging.

Mar 29

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues


Can social support be a bad thing for older adults?

Social support from family and friends does not have an entirely positive effect on mental health but is instead a 'mixed blessing,' say researchers.

Mar 10

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Depression


Quick thinking and feeling healthy predict longer life

Findings from a longitudinal study of over 6,000 adults suggests that certain psychological factors may be stronger predictors of how long we'll live.

Mar 1

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Health / Illness / Medical Issues, ...


Education May Cut Dementia Risk, Study Finds

The risk of developing dementia is decreasing for people with at least a high school education, according to an important new study that suggests that changes in lifestyle and improvements in physical health can help prevent or delay cognitive ...

Feb 25

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Cognitive Problems Amnesia / Dementia


Couch Potatoes May Have Smaller Brains Later in Life

Poor physical fitness in middle age may be linked to a smaller brain size 20 years later, according to a study published in the February 10, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Feb 12

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues


Changes in humor may be early indicator for dementia

We have all heard the saying "laughter is the best medicine." But according to new research, a noticeable change in what makes us laugh may not be a good sign for cognitive health: it may be an early indicator for dementia.

Nov 12

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Aging & Geriatric Issues, ...


Why Adults Are Less Happy Than They Used to Be

Which stage of life brings more happiness: The bloom of youth or the wisdom of age?

Nov 7

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Adult psychological ...


To Maintain life long mental acuity, avoid early Retirement and ...

Retir­ing at 55 and spend­ing the rest of your life relax­ing on the front porch may sound appeal­ing, but if you want your brain to keep work­ing, it's prob­a­bly not a good idea. Mount­ing evi­dence shows that stay­ing in the work­force ...

Nov 5

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues


Talking to someone with dementia: 2 rules

Communication with someone who has dementia can require a great deal of energy, patience, and creativity.

Nov 3

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Caregiver Issues / Stress, Dementia


Can You Get Smarter?

You can increase the size of your muscles by pumping iron and improve your stamina with aerobic training. Can you get smarter by exercising — or altering — your brain?

Oct 31

Categories: Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions, Aging & Geriatric Issues


To Age Well, Change How You Feel About Aging

Scientists are discovering something very peculiar about aging: How we feel about getting old matters. A lot.

Oct 22

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues


Defying dementia

It's a nice metaphor: our body is like a boat, our conscious and subconscious minds are analogous to the ship's captain and crew respectively, and the ocean is life. In which case, when the weather's good, and the captain and crew are communicating ...

Oct 20

Categories: Aging & Geriatric Issues, Dementia