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Category: Aging & Wellness

Empowering Residents to Educate

Recently, a collaboration between a university and a Life Plan Community has created a unique educational program that builds on the life experience and knowledge of older adults to educate undergraduates on aging, in a course that provides both groups intergenerational contact, combats stereotypes about aging and hopefully attracts more people to the fields of geronotology and aging...

Rich Man, Poor Man: How Does a Positive Attitude toward Aging Affect Different Economic Groups?

Previous research on aging has shown that positive attitudes toward aging can have multiple benefits for health and well-being, but it has not been clear whether these benefits extend to older adults in precarious economic situations. Having a low income and little security for retirement has been associated with poorer health outcomes as individuals age. A recent study looked more...

When Volunteers Vamoose: Why Older Adults Stop Volunteering

Volunteering by older adults not only provides important societal benefits, but has also been shown to have positive impacts on the health of those who volunteer. (For example, see  here.) In light of the numerous benefits of volunteering and an ongoing need for volunteers, it is important to look at why individuals cease volunteering. A recent study measured a number of aspects of...

Setting the Record Straight: Debunking Harmful Myths about Aging

Ageism, inaccurate media portrayals, and lack of adequate education on aging all combine to produce a number of misconceptions about aging. In light of the negative impacts that such misconceptions can have, it is increasingly important to take steps to dispel these misconceptions. In order to combat such misconceptions, the AARP has launched the #DisruptAging public education...

An Apple a Day Keeps Distress at Bay: Psychological Benefits of Eating Fruits & Veggies

There is growing evidence that nutrition not only plays a role in disease prevention, it can also impact mental health. A recent study of more than 50,000 middle-aged and older adults (average age of 62) examined the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and psychological distress, or symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. This study looked at how reported...

Share and Share Alike: How Patterns of Generosity Change with Age

Research suggests that generosity increases with age. One reason suggested for this is that older adults may be more motivated to provide assistance to individuals who are not likely to reciprocate that generosity. In general, people are most generous to those who are socially close to them, but researchers wanted to see if age is associated with changes in this pattern. To answer this...

Day by Day: Immediate Benefits to Older Adults from Physical Activity

Although much evidence suggests that physical activity has physical and psychological benefits for older adults, less is known about how types of activity and time spent being active might be associated with day-to-day well-being benefits such as positive emotions, sleep quality, and stress. A recent study looked into how purposeful activity such as an exercise class compares to...

Re-Examining Lifestyle Redesign: A Closer Look at What Makes an Intervention Succeed

In order to design and implement successful lifestyle interventions for older adults, it’s important to understand the mechanisms that contribute to their success. A recent study took a closer look at Lifestyle Redesign, an evidence-based behavioral lifestyle intervention that has been shown to reduce depressive symptoms in older adults. This program involves weekly group sessions on...

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