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A Closer Look at Which Social Activities Have the Greatest Cognitive Benefit

Accumulating research continues to show that social activity has a positive benefit on health and well-being, and multiple longitudinal studies have shown that more socially active older adults have better cognitive outcomes and are less...

Coping with Stress through Temporal Distance

Many comedians have been credited with the theory that “comedy equals tragedy plus time.” Recently, however, a team of researchers has taken it upon themselves to test a related premise that tragedy—or emotionally difficult events—plus...

Credit Scores, Cognitive Aging & Competency: Older Adults’ Financial Decision-Making

Older adults face a number of major financial challenges and decisions as they age, including living on a fixed income, ensuring that their savings will last their remaining years, and estate planning . In light of such major decisions, the...

Adjusting to CCRC Living: How & Why Older Adults Transition Differently

Even when entered into voluntarily, the transition to senior living can pose a number of adjustment challenges to new residents. Although Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRCs) are entered into by choice, and although these communities...

Thoughtfully Daydreaming Our Way to Psychological Well-Being

What’s the difference between healthy daydreaming about one’s meaning in the world and a homeless person who believes that he’s Jesus Christ? As is apparent in the homeless population, there is a line between detrimental mental...

Active Aging vs. Successful Aging Policies—What’s the Difference?

While the concept of successful aging has become prevalent in academic and policy discussions surrounding aging in the United States, in Europe the idea of active aging has been the most prominent response to challenges related to an aging...

Routes from Dissatisfied Resident to Successful Aging

An article in a recent special Gerontologist issue on successful aging suggests that the impact of the residential environment and the subjective experience of older adults both need to be taken into account when we conceptualize what...

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