content top

Category: Aging & Wellness

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...

TRENDING NOW: Older Adults Living Apart Together

The nature of committed relationships is changing for many older adults. “Living Apart Together” is an increasingly common type of relationship in which couples do not share a residence, but have an intimate relationship. Higher divorce rates and increased longevity have left many older adults without a partner in later life, leading them to seek a deep connection with another...

Dollars & Sense: How Age Determines Monetary Decision-Making

A recent study attempted to identify differences in monetary decision-making behaviors between older and younger adults. The authors were interested in two factors: decision quality, which they defined as the frequency participants chose options associated with the greatest expected monetary value, and risk aversion, or participants’ propensity to choose options with lower...

The Right Tool for the Right Job: Measuring Psychological Wellness in Older Adults

Self-esteem (SE) is an important attribute at any age. That said, does it remain the same into later life? What’s more, how do researchers measure SE in older adults if it does change with age? A group of researchers addressed these questions and more in a recent issue of the journal aptly named Assessment. Specifically, they examined the differences and similarities between actual...

Late-Life Brain Workout: Those Over Age 70 Still Benefit from Cognitively Stimulating Activities

A number of studies have shown a positive association between cognitively stimulating activities and later cognitive function. However, few of these studies look at the association in those age 70 and better. Recently, researchers addressed this question in a study that included 1,929 adults age 70 and better (median age of 77), who were cognitively normal at the start of the study. By...

“Inflamm-aging”: How Inflammation Speeds Up Biological Aging

A growing body of research points to the role of low-grade chronic inflammation in accelerating biological aging, a process that has been termed inflamm-aging. A recent review looks at how such inflammation is brought about and the wide range of outcomes associated with it. Although inflammation in response to a threat to the body is an invaluable biological response, this process...

Believe in Yourself: The Concept of Stereotype Threat and How It Affects Older Adults

In a recent review of the stereotype threat that older adults face about their cognitive abilities, the author found that common factors observed in other groups influenced by stereotype threat (i.e., group identification) cannot always be applied to age-based stereotype threat about cognitive decline. Stereotype threat is the fear of being judged as doing something stereotypical that...

Play It Again: The Benefits of Introducing Play to People with Dementia

The Dutch historian Johan Huizinga has suggested that play is “at the heart of human activity and is what gives meaning to life,” regardless of age. Recently, researchers have extended the investigation of play to the role that it can take in dementia care. The authors note that here, “Play is not used to infantilize and trivialize people living with dementia, but as a way to...

Older Articles »

Stay in the know with our monthly e-newsletter.

No thanks
Thank You!

Look forward to receiving the top senior living trends and stories every month in your inbox.

InvestigAge is brought to you by Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging

Close