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Is Personality Consistent over Time & into Old Age?

Personality is a set of characteristics that many of us assume is relatively stable and constant over time. Recent research, however, questions this premise with respect to older adults. Specifically, a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology this year examined change in personality of roughly 23,000 participants ranging in age from 15 to 79 from Germany and...

Age Is in the Eye of the Perceiver

Assessing our external world and the people in it is a daily activity we all engage in to navigate the terrain of life. Little research, however, has been done to understand exactly how our perceptions of others and ourselves change over the life span. A recent review article in Psychology and Aging begins to formulate some ideas on this topic by looking in-depth across several prior...

Sounding the Alarm on Cancer Symptoms

Early detection and treatment of cancer is crucial in order for the spread of the disease to be kept to a minimum. In order for cancer to be detected as early as possible, it is important that the public is aware of “alarm” symptoms so that these symptoms can be investigated as soon as possible. However, it is unclear how aware the public is these symptoms. A recent study in the...

“I Know the Face, but I Can't Remember the Name”: Insight into Facial Recognition & Memory Loss in Older Adults

“I know the face, but I can’t remember the name,” is something we’ve all experienced before (i.e., recognition and remembrance of visual stimuli not syncing up with the related chunk of verbal memory). But where does this phenomenon originate in the brain? New research provides evidence that, for older adults, “motion cues” may play a large role in...

Older Adults Who “Use It” by Volunteering Are Less Likely to “Lose It”

The phrase “use it or lose it” has been uttered for years to humorously explain the physical and mental decline that can occur when individuals stop exercising and regularly engaging their mental faculties—especially in older age. Now recent research has expanded this umbrella to encompass the effects of inactivity related to working life as well. Specifically, recent research on...

Your Early Morning Caffeine Fix May Be Less Demented Than You Think

Ever question your sanity after paying five dollars for a latte? Many of us have. Indeed, it’s not news to anyone that many adults cite coffee as one of the essentials they need to get their mornings going. That said, recent research suggests that our willingness to stand in that long Starbucks line may be less demented than previously thought. Specifically, the authors found that...

Predicting the Future: Researchers Eye New Early Predictor of Cognitive Decline

Evidence of Alzheimer’s Disease begins to appear in the brain well before clinical cognitive symptoms of the disease, which has led to the introduction of the term “preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease” to refer to individuals without cognitive impairment who aren’t showing any clinical symptoms of the disease. These individuals show signs of the amyloid plaques that characterize...

Senior Sextistics

Believe it or not, in some circles, it’s still taboo to talk about sex. But it’s not hard to believe that there are basically no circles where people are eager to discuss sex among older adults. Nonetheless, sex in later life usually doesn’t stop entirely. Instead, older adults tend to experience a decline in previous rates of sexual intercourse as they age and begin to...

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