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Tag: Health & Wellness

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...

The More You Know: A PSA on How to Be a Wiser Consumer of Scientific Research

A recent study in Neurobiology of Aging attempted to further scientific understanding of how the aging process impacts the human capacity to empathize. While the findings were less than conclusive, they have provided additional support for what neuro-psychological researchers have known for years—functional MRI (fMRI) studies are expensive, and small sample sizes lead to inconclusive...

How-Tos for Savoring the Joys in Life

How do you respond during positive experiences in your life? Sometimes, in the midst of a happy moment, we are already focused on the next task or upcoming challenge, and we don’t take the time to fully experience the joy and richness of a positive event. Savoring is the ability to be aware of positive experiences and to enhance our enjoyment and appreciation of them. By actively...

Does Having a Sense of Purpose Affect Longevity?

Previous studies have led researchers to consider having a purpose in life as an indicator of healthy aging. One reason for this was the association of having a purpose in life with a reduced risk of mortality. However, the question has remained regarding whether it mattered when in an individual’s life that person experienced a sense of purpose. A recent study in Psychological...

What “Healthy Aging” & “Dying Slowly” Have in Common

As my late grandmother used to say, “One day you’ll look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘when the hell did this happen?’” “This,” of course, is the aging process—the signs of usage that our bodies begin to display as we clock more hours on Earth. Maybe it’s a wrinkle in the corner of your eye you didn’t notice earlier, or possibly the trigger came in the form of...

Fruits or Vegetables: Which Are Healthier?

A recent study conducted in the United Kingdom looked at the impact that fruit and vegetable consumption has on overall risk of death, as well as risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Importantly, this study also looks at the impact of fruits and vegetables separately, to see which is associated with the greatest reduction of risk. It also examines the impact of specific types of...

Why Are Older Adults So Happy?

Their bodies and minds are slowly deteriorating, yet research consistently finds that older adults say they’re happier on average than people half their age. So, what gives? As it turns out, researchers have been wondering the same thing for years, and some interesting findings published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology late last year provide some insight into how...

Auditory Deprivation: The Importance of Treating Hearing Loss Early

A common complaint from people who have gone too long without treating their hearing loss is “I can’t hear with my hearing aids.” What they likely mean is while they can “hear,” they cannot “understand” sound. “Hearing” means knowing that sound is happening; “understanding” is then knowing what that sound means. While hearing aids make sound loud enough for the...

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