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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...

Is Lower Stroke Risk Associated with a Mediterranean Diet?

An accumulating body of evidence suggests that a Mediterranean diet has a number of brain benefits. Recently, a group of researchers followed a population of 20,197 individuals with an average age of 65 to examine whether a greater adherence...

Self-Esteem in Older Adults: Not Just a Pre-Teen Problem

When you hear the term self-esteem, what comes to mind? If you’re anything like me, the awkward younger years are likely to pop into your head: the period in many people’s lives when personal insecurities are plentiful and self-esteem is a...

Flying under the Radar: Over-the-Counter Drugs & Older Adults

Although adults over 65 only make up 13 percent of the US population, they account for 34 percent of all prescription use and 30 percent of OTC medication use in the United States. Among older adults between 75 and 85, a 2008 study estimated...

Sensor Monitoring: Sense of Safety or Invasion of Privacy?

A growing number of technologies are being developed for older adults to assist in their efforts to live independently and to assist in the early detection of declines in daily functioning. Among the most promising of these technologies is...

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