Why Older Adults & Technology Don’t Always “Click”

August 27, 2014

A growing number of technology options that can support older adults in the aging process are being introduced. However, these technologies can be of little benefit to older adults if they are not accepted and implemented. A recent review of research sheds light on the factors that influence the adoption of technology for aging in [...]

Read the full article →

How Levels of Engagement in Work, Volunteering & Caregiving Affect Well-Being

August 27, 2014

A recent study in The Gerontologist examined how psychological well-being is impacted by different types of engagement in productive activities, such as paid work, family caregiving, and volunteering. The study looked at this relationship for 330 adults in both middle and late life (ages 50 to 83, with an average age of 62), and examined what [...]

Read the full article →

Spiritual Resources for Caregivers

August 27, 2014

I can hardly bear to see how Alzheimer’s has stolen my mother’s mind and memory. What did we do to deserve this?
My sister is shrunken and sick from months of chemo and radiation. How much more can she take?
Last year’s back surgery failed to stop my husband’s pain. How do we know this new procedure [...]

Read the full article →

Artsy, Demented, or Both?

August 27, 2014

Artsy, demented, or both? It’s a question humans have asked of art and its creators since the beginning of time. While art stands among one of man’s highest achievements, some of the most historically fabulous pieces also happen to have been created by some of the human race’s most historically “demented” characters.
Does brain trauma, disease, [...]

Read the full article →

How Do Different Types of Leisure Affect Depressive Symptoms?

July 16, 2014

Participation in leisure activities has been shown to benefit the mental health of older adults, but it has not always been clear what mental health symptom changes are affected by which leisure activity. Recently a study in Taiwan looked at which types of symptoms associated with depression were impacted by changes in social, physical, and [...]

Read the full article →

If I Knew Then What I Know Now about Caregiving

July 16, 2014

If I knew then what I know now about caregiving, I’d have done things differently! I had no idea that the journey would be so long and arduous. Nor did I know how depressing and draining it would be to watch loved ones suffer, decline, and die.
I’m not alone in this. Millions of others either [...]

Read the full article →

The More You Know: A PSA on How to Be a Wiser Consumer of Scientific Research

July 16, 2014

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 findings were less than conclusive, they have provided additional support for what neuro-psychological researchers have known for years—functional MRI (fMRI) studies are expensive, and small sample sizes lead to inconclusive [...]

Read the full article →

How-Tos for Savoring the Joys in Life

July 16, 2014

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 task or upcoming challenge, and we don’t take the time to fully experience the joy and richness of a positive event. Savoring is the ability to be aware of positive [...]

Read the full article →

Reflections on Aging, Irony & Wisdom

June 18, 2014

“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 makes us laugh and other times scream-cry like a colicky baby.
The notions of irony and wisdom have been married in the world of comedy since the beginning of time—like Danny DeVito [...]

Read the full article →

Family Caregivers Need a Break!

June 18, 2014

Summer has arrived! School is out and vacation time is just around the corner, but many caregivers find it’s almost impossible to get a break. Arranging substitute care takes time and money, and finding the right person isn’t easy. “No one can care as well as I do. If something goes wrong while I’m away, [...]

Read the full article →