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Tag: Aging & Social Factors

How Levels of Engagement in Work, Volunteering & Caregiving Affect Well-Being

A recent study in The Gerontologist examined how psychological well-being is impacted by different types of engagement in productive activities, such as paid work, family caregiving, and volunteering. The study looked at this relationship for 330 adults in both middle and late life (ages 50 to 83, with an average age of 62), and examined what levels of engagement were associated with...

Does How You Retire Affect Your Satisfaction with Life?

There are a number of routes to retirement, both voluntary and involuntary, and involuntary retirement can be for either organizational or health reasons. Recently, researchers in Denmark examined the relationship between different types of retirement and retirees’ satisfaction with life. In their study of workers in Dutch multinational corporations and the Dutch government, they...

Mastery & Resilience: A Tale of Two Women Coping with Late-Life Loss

Old age invites the opportunity for losses as well as gains. Losses associated with growing older include decreased physical function and the deterioration of health. There are also losses associated with relationships and social networks. Collectively, researchers have argued that these losses have deleterious impacts on older adults, resulting in a diminished sense of mastery and...

Concerns about Discrimination Against Individuals with AIDS and HIV in Senior Housing

The population of individuals living into older age with HIV is increasing. It is estimated that within the next year, 50 percent of those living with HIV will be over the age of 50. These individuals have a multitude of experiences and unique conditions related to this disease. The increasing numbers of older adults with HIV are due to multiple causes; for instance, older adults who...

A Closer Look at Widowhood and Depression

Prior research has shown that the experience of widowhood differs for men and women. Following widowhood, women are more likely than men to suffer economic strains and to receive social support from their children. On the other hand, men are more likely to have difficulties handling household tasks that had been previously done by their wives. However, it has not been clear whether...

What Factors Affect a Widow or Widower’s Risk of Death?

Widowhood has been known to increase the probability of dying for the surviving spouse, but many questions remain about the reasons for this greater risk of mortality. A recent study of data from the Health and Retirement Study attempts to look at explanations for this association, as well as which factors might be associated with variations in the risk of mortality among those who...

Researchers Discover “Senior Coolness” Factor in Aging Well

A team of German researchers recently undertook a research project which examined both media representations of older adults and older adults’ ideas of what it meant to “age well.” In the process of analyzing older adults’ conceptions of what it meant to live well in later life, researchers identified an attitude that they called “senior coolness.” In their examination of...

Using Self-Reports of Individuals with Dementia to Examine How the Experience of Dementia Affects Psychosocial Outcomes

Most studies of the psychological and social outcomes associated with dementia have relied on reports given by caregivers and clinicians to describe the experiences of individuals with dementia. Unfortunately, using such proxy reports can introduce potential biases that lead to under- or overestimating the subjective experiences of individuals with dementia. Recently developed methods...

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