Positive Aging

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…

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How-Tos for Savoring the Joys in Life
, Guest Contributors, Health & Wellness, Jennifer Smith, Resilience

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…

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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…

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What “Healthy Aging” & “Dying Slowly” Have in Common
, Health & Wellness

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,”…

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Neighborhood Social Cohesion & Social Capital: Implications for Older Adult Well-Being
, Health & Wellness, Neighborhood Context & Health, Uncategorized

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…

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How Participation in Sports Influences the Experience of Aging
, Resilience

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…

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Inactivity Has Risks Beyond a Lost Opportunity for Fitness
, Health & Wellness

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…

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Aging Well Despite Chronic Illness
, Health & Wellness, Resilience

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…

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Promoting Strength & Balance with Salsa Dancing
, Falls Reduction, Health & Wellness

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…

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A Holistic, Technological Approach to Wellness
, Electronic Health (e-Health), Health & 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…

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A Closer Look at Aging & Cognitive Decline
, Cognitive Health

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…

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Age Strong: Natural Bodybuilding and Narratives of Aging
, Health & Wellness

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,…

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