As a Ph.D. student in psychology, much of my research focuses on the question: “How do feelings of usefulness to others in later life influence the selection and application of adaptive health behaviors?”
I recently met a 76-year-old dog owner who was rejected when she applied to adopt a second “senior” dog to keep her aging pet company. This is what I call the tail wagging the dog.
How we perceive aging and the viability of older adults determines our willingness –– or reluctance –– to tackle social inequity, lack of access to services and opportunities, and other common challenges our elders face.
America has a looming public health crisis. And it also happens to be America’s favorite pastime.
When it comes to aging technological innovation can tend to miss the mark. Look no further than the apparent interest in robot caregivers.
Kavan Peterson asks for additional ideas on how to improve quality of care and quality of life and reduce the use of anti-psychotic drugs for people living with dementia. I’d like to offer some ideas that center around the power of the arts to nurture wellness.
Beyond awareness, we need to develop comprehensive, personalized brain health strategies that gradually modify our behaviors, replacing risky behaviors and habits with ones that protect and strengthen the brain.
AARP’s latest survey on brain health reveals an enduring problem: few of the survey respondents actually make the required behavior changes that are needed to protect their brains. We know what to do, but don’t do it!
Here are a few “tricks of the trade” designed by Big Pharma to make you spend far more money than you need — buyer beware!
A hard-working but “tired” brain needs a few moments to “recharge” by thinking about something else. In other words, STOP for a moment and do something to reset and renew your brain’s capacity to absorb or create that next thought.
Unless the developers of fitness facilities accommodate older adults, not as a boutique population but as a core market for their services, it won’t be many years before their state-of-the-art complexes won’t be very fit at all.
A filmmaker and Michigan-based nonprofit focused on serving homeless people recently tried an experiment to change the way one homeless veteran (and society) views himself.
I predict that the celebrity headliners at this year’s American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine conference — Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Actress/ Author Suzanne Somers — will in fact continue growing older right along with the rest of us. How do I know this?
If you spent any time at all with an assortment of media, you can be forgiven for believing that getting old is a disease.
One critical way to change aging for the better is to radically alter the way in which doctors are compensated so that your visit is a real doctor-patient interaction, not an assembly-line model of efficiency.
More than half (51%) of seniors expect their quality of life to stay about the same during the next five to 10 years, while 21% expect it to get much or somewhat better, versus 30 percent of those surveyed in 2012.
That report is from a medical news website but, in complete irresponsibility, without an iota of research referenced.
It’s fun preparing for life’s positive events, but it’s those more negative ones – such as a serious illness or death – that we’re often reluctant to even discuss.
It’s time for a new sexual revolution for the Post War Generation — one where a real conversation about HIV/AIDS can start.
It’s a health condition that affects one in five women, but it’s something that very few people want to talk about, even with their doctor.