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Tag: Positive Aging

Promoting Strength & Balance with Salsa Dancing

Falls are the main cause of injury among adults age 65 and better. Loss of postural control (the ability to maintain balance) and loss of strength are significant risk factors for falling. Resistance training is an effective way to increase strength, however, its benefits seem restricted to developing power and peak force rather than improving balance. There are clinically effective...

A Holistic, Technological Approach to Wellness

To help older adults stay independent, researchers and clinicians are interested in both preventing and maintaining wellness. The term “wellness” usually includes several dimensions, such as physical well-being, mental and cognitive health, spirituality, and social well-being. Wellness is a multi-dimensional, holistic concept and therefore a challenge for researchers to collect and...

A Closer Look at Aging & Cognitive Decline

Population studies of aging and cognition reveal that age appears to be associated with cognitive decline. In other words, as a population ages, the average cognitive ability of the population will decline. However, on an individual level, there is tremendous variation in cognitive change. An analysis of the large-scale Religious Orders Study supports the hypothesis that cognitive...

Age Strong: Natural Bodybuilding and Narratives of Aging

The field of narrative gerontology examines how the aging experience is influenced by broader cultural stories, specifically those regarding growing older. Narrative gerontologists argue that, at least in the English-speaking world, the dominant narrative about aging is that of decline, that is to say, the overall story that is repeatedly told about growing older focuses on physical...

Aging and Older Adults' Reactions to Daily Stressors

A recent study published in Psychology and Aging further supports that the aging process positively contributes to older adults’ ability to preserve their affective well-being. Explicitly, the study found that older adults didn’t display as strong a relationship between daily stressors and negative affect as compared to younger adults. Interestingly, although the frequency of...

Coping with Regret in Adulthood

A study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin revealed a new link between older adults’ ability to effectively cope with regrets and engaging in downward social comparisons (i.e., contrasting oneself with those of others who are worse off). Explicitly, the study examined the utility of downward social comparisons later in life in conjunction with individuals’...

Successful Aging & the Importance of Psychological Health

A study published in Health and Quality of Life Outcomes lends support to the notion that successful aging can be affected by more than physical health. The article investigated the association between biological, psychological, and social approaches of successful aging on older individuals’ self-reported quality of life using a national random sample and a follow-up seven to eight...

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