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How Do Different Types of Leisure Affect Depressive Symptoms?

Participation in leisure activities has been shown to benefit the mental health of older adults, but it has not always been clear what mental health symptom changes are affected by which leisure activity. Recently a study in Taiwan looked at which types of symptoms associated with depression were impacted by changes in social, physical, and intellectual activity. The impact of certain...

Reflections on Aging, Irony & Wisdom

“Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up, but a comedy in long-shot.”—Charlie Chaplin To paraphrase the wise comedian, life is ironic—a paradox that sometimes makes us laugh and other times scream-cry like a colicky baby. The notions of irony and wisdom have been married in the world of comedy since the beginning of time—like Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. That said, pairing...

Aging & the Social Dimensions of Time

Time can initially seem like a basic, common-sense concept that is easily measured. But the social and subjective experiences of time—concepts such as generations, age norms, even individuals’ own understanding of their life histories—have great significance in the study of aging. An article in the Gerontologist points to the influence of three major social scientists of the...

Non-Family Relationships May Be Increasingly Important in Aging

Previous research presented in aging in action suggests that a diverse social network, one that includes non-family, is associated with improved health, well-being, and access to resources in later life. Multiple recent social changes in much of the industrialized world have increased the relevance and availability of non-family social networks for older adults. At the same time,...

Engaged as We Age

Engaged as We Age
Many of today’s older adults are re-inventing how they become or remain engaged with work, volunteer activities, education and other learning activities, and caregiving for family members and friends.  While the possibilities for positive aging are expanding, fundamental questions remain about how the new ways of engagement might affect the mental and physical health of older...

The Link Between Physical Health & Psychological Well-Being Among Recently Bereaved Spouses

The Link Between Physical Health & Psychological Well-Being Among Recently Bereaved Spouses
One of the most distressing of life events is experiencing the death of a spouse.  The health detriments associated with widowhood are well-documented. Surviving spouses commonly experience declines in both psychological well-being and physical health.  Very little research, however, has shown whether health at the time of widowhood or health-related changes that accompany widowhood...

AAHSA Ziegler 100: 2008 Results

The release of the 2009 AAHSA Ziegler 100 (AZ 100) report coincides with one of the most challenging economic environments senior living providers have faced in decades.  This annual publication of data from the nation’s 100 largest not-for-profit multi-site senior living providers reflects ongoing growth by some but unit reductions by many others. The publication’s primary...

Aging and Personality

A study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology has shed new light on how personality traits change as we get older. Over a seven-year period, the authors of this article assessed the personality traits of more than a million individuals between the ages of 10 and 65 via the World Wide Web. In doing so, the research addressed a gap in the personality literature by...

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