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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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A Peek at the Public’s Experiences & Expectations of Caregiving

June 18, 2014

Recently, the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the Associated Press conducted their second major study on expectations surrounding ongoing living assistance, which included getting help in your own home, in a family member’s home, in a nursing home or in a senior community. In their new study, they interviewed a [...]

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Modifying Heart Health May Boost Brain Health

June 18, 2014

The American Heart Association has released an assessment tool called Life’s Simple 7 that focuses on modifiable health behaviors, which can be used to promote cardiovascular health. Previously researchers have shown a relationship between cardiovascular problems and a greater risk of cognitive decline. In light of the earlier research, researchers wondered whether scores on Life’s [...]

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Does Having a Sense of Purpose Affect Longevity?

May 21, 2014

Previous studies have led researchers to consider having a purpose in life as an indicator of healthy aging. One reason for this was the association of having a purpose in life with a reduced risk of mortality. However, the question has remained regarding whether it mattered when in an individual’s life that person experienced a [...]

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Whose Brains Benefit from Aerobic Exercise?

May 21, 2014

Both aerobic exercise and strength training have been shown to improve memory in older women with likely mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Now a research team has looked into how exercise in older adults with MCI impacts brain structure.
Previous research has shown that physical exercise has a positive impact on cognitive performance in older adults. One [...]

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