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No More Mr. Lonely: How Sense of Purpose Protects against Loneliness in Older Adults

Researchers have found evidence that, for older adults, having a sense of purpose in life can act as a barrier against loneliness and its detrimental effects.

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How Does Your Garden Grow? Testing Horticultural Therapy’s Effects on Depression in Older Adults
, Aging & Wellness

A new study is combining the unique effectiveness of horticultural therapy with depression found in older adults. On its own, horticultural therapy has been widely…

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Taking Note on How Music Impacts the Aging Brain
, Aging & Wellness

Although music has been acknowledged as a form of therapy, the mechanisms for which music benefits the aging process is unclear. Scientists know that parts…

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Walking for Wellness: How Taking Walks with a Companion Could Reduce Loneliness
, Aging & Wellness

Research has found that greater loneliness is associated with a higher risk for health challenges such as cardiovascular disease or poor mental health. Given that…

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Homesharing Services: Matching Older Adult Hosts & Renters
, Aging & Wellness

As older adults create their own unique ways to age during their retirement years, a new trend amongst older adults is making its appearance. Dwell…

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Surfin’ the Web May Keep Dementia at Bay
, Technology

In an interesting turn of events, researchers from New York University are positing that regular internet use may be linked to lower dementia risks in…

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I Eat, Therefore I Think: The Role of Nutrition in Brain Health
, Aging & Wellness

Eating more healthfully offers myriad benefits. For example, eating healthier can lead to a stronger immune system, lower risk of disease, better sleep, and improved…

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You Live & You Learn: Long-term Cognitive Benefits of Learning New Skills
, Aging & Wellness

Learning new skills, such as a practicing a new language or playing an instrument, has been shown to have many different kinds of benefits for…

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#Winning: Commonly Played Board Games Have Become More Age-Inclusive
, Aging & Wellness

Do you ever get nostalgic about the board games you used to play as a kid? Do you ever have difficulty coming up with games…

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If Pumping Iron Isn’t Your Cup of Tea, Yoga Might Still Help Diminish Your Frailty
, Aging & Wellness

Vast amounts of research indicate that both exercise and meditation are good for you. Yoga is one of the few activities that promotes the benefits…

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“Buddy, Can You Spare a … Walk?” The Benefits of Working Out with Others
, Aging & Wellness

Research has long linked physical activity and exercise as preventative factors against dementia. But researchers are now considering whether exercising alone or with others may…

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Working (Out) from Home: The Effectiveness of Virtual Physical Activity Programs
, Aging & Wellness

Physical activity, while an important part of wellness, can be inaccessible for some older adults. To address the need for more accessible physical activity programs,…

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It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Grandma Flying to Argentina: The Benefits of Traveling in Old Age
, Aging & Wellness

Freedom from a lifetime of financial obligations (such as mortgages and childcare) have provided older adults with the opportunity to finally knock lifetime travel goals…

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