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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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#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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Feeling Edgy? Exploring the Impact of Anxiety on Older Adults
, Aging & Wellness

This past September, the US Preventive Services Task Force issued a warning that adults should be screened for anxiety, in response to anxiety becoming the…

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City Living: Senior Living Ramps Up Urban Options
, Senior Housing

A new trend in senior living is calling for an increase in urban designs amongst older adult communities. McKnight’s Senior Living reports on changes being…

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“That’s What Friends Are for…” The Role of Satisfying Social Relationships in Older Adult Mortality
, Aging & Wellness

Since the release of the results from the long-term happiness study that was started at Harvard University in 1938, a trending topic for aging has…

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The Value of Volunteering: Racial Differences in Perceptions of Aging among Older Volunteers
, Aging & Wellness

Research has shown that how we perceive aging can have a significant effect on our health and wellness. Self-perceptions of aging (SPA) can be positive,…

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Navigating the Association between Orienteering & Cognition
, Aging & Wellness

Many researchers have affirmed that physical activity helps to prevent cognitive decline as people age. However, less is known whether the cognitive benefits of physical…

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Going to Extremes: Older Adults Are Testing Their Limits with Extreme Sports
, Aging & Wellness

Now more than ever, older adults are testing their physical limits by engaging in sports more commonly practiced by young people, such as surfing, skiing,…

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Don’t Let the Cat out of the Bag: The Truth about Pet Ownership’s Effect on Chronic Stress
, Aging & Wellness

Many pet owners—and researchers—would claim that pets can reduce stress, anxiety, and loneliness. Recent research looks to further support this assertion by studying how pet…

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