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Late-Life Learning: What Are the Brain Benefits?

A number of studies have shown an association between lifetime intellectual activity and cognitive decline. However, less is known about the impact of learning a new skill and engaging in cognitively demanding tasks later in life. Fortunately,...

We’re Living Longer but Facing Some Big Fat Health Challenges

“Aging societies reflect a triumph of science and technology over premature death.” So begins a recent article on optimizing health in today’s societies. While many personal, societal, and policy challenges confront aging populations,...

Bridging the Digital Divide: Tablets for Older Adults

Use of computers and similar technology has been associated with decreased feelings of loneliness and depression, and increased feelings of independence and personal growth; however, a number of barriers exist for older adults’ use of these...

What Makes a Home Feel Like a Home? The Intersection of Emotion & Architecture for Older Adults

Close your eyes and imagine your favorite room in your home. Now, imagine leaving that space and never being able to come back. This brief thought exercise embodies a long-term reality for many older adults in the United States who must leave...

When Experience Diminishes the Ability to Empathize: Some Food for Thought for Older & Younger Adults Alike

With age comes experience, and, if we’re lucky, also some wisdom. But what about empathy? Said differently, does compassion for those dealing with life’s smorgasbord of difficult events (e.g., divorce, death, natural disaster, and the...

Reaction to Emotional Events & Mortality

An increasing amount of evidence suggests that our emotional lives can have a significant impact on health outcomes. A recent study suggests that it is not just positive or negative emotions that contribute to health, but also the way that we...

From Dementia Capable to Dementia Positive

In discussions of how to address the public health challenge of dementia, three concepts emerge: dementia capable, dementia friendly, and dementia positive. Each of these concepts has a complicated definition, and each suggests different...

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