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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...

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...

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...

Neighborhood Social Cohesion & Social Capital: Implications for Older Adult Well-Being

It has been well-established that singlehood and poverty in older adulthood are associated with lower subjective well-being. However, a recent study published in the Gerontologist suggests that various aspects of one’s social environment may attenuate the adverse effects of marital status and income on well-being. Namely, neighborhood services, social capital, and social cohesion may...

How Participation in Sports Influences the Experience of Aging

A study in the Journal of Aging Studies explores how participation in sports influences older adults’ understanding of age and aging. In particular, the study explored how sports participation challenged dominant assumptions about older adulthood. The author argues that participation in sports may lead older adults to challenge negative associations with aging through a focus on the...

Inactivity Has Risks Beyond a Lost Opportunity for Fitness

It is well established that physical activity contributes much to healthy aging. When a person increases his or her physical activity level, he or she can benefit from improved strength and improved aerobic fitness, which has a significant influence on long-term independence and health. A study in Portugal on the relationship between physical activity and functional fitness among older...

Aging Well Despite Chronic Illness

Physical health is an important aspect of successful aging. However, given the fact that almost three-fourths of older adults in the United States have two or more chronic conditions, it is inevitable that many need to find ways to live well in the face of chronic illness. What can research reveal about maintaining one’s well-being while suffering from chronic illness? Do mental...

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