Is Personality Consistent over Time & into Old Age?

December 17, 2014

Personality is a set of characteristics that many of us assume is relatively stable and constant over time. Recent research, however, questions this premise with respect to older adults. Specifically, a study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology this year examined change in personality of roughly 23,000 participants ranging in age from [...]

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Age Is in the Eye of the Perceiver

December 17, 2014

Assessing our external world and the people in it is a daily activity we all engage in to navigate the terrain of life. Little research, however, has been done to understand exactly how our perceptions of others and ourselves change over the life span.
A recent review article in Psychology and Aging begins to formulate some [...]

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Sounding the Alarm on Cancer Symptoms

December 17, 2014

Early detection and treatment of cancer is crucial in order for the spread of the disease to be kept to a minimum. In order for cancer to be detected as early as possible, it is important that the public is aware of “alarm” symptoms so that these symptoms can be investigated as soon as possible. [...]

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly: How Does US Health Care for Older Adults Stack Up?

December 17, 2014

How do the health care experiences of older adults in the United States compare to older adults in other industrialized countries? A survey of 15,617 community-dwelling adults in 11 countries aimed to find the answers. This survey asked adults 65 and better about access to care, chronic conditions, care coordination, patient engagement, social care needs, [...]

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“I Know the Face, but I Can’t Remember the Name”: Insight into Facial Recognition & Memory Loss in Older Adults

November 20, 2014

“I know the face, but I can’t remember the name,” is something we’ve all experienced before (i.e., recognition and remembrance of visual stimuli not syncing up with the related chunk of verbal memory). But where does this phenomenon originate in the brain? New research provides evidence that, for older adults, “motion cues” may play a [...]

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Older Adults Who “Use It” by Volunteering Are Less Likely to “Lose It”

November 20, 2014

The phrase “use it or lose it” has been uttered for years to humorously explain the physical and mental decline that can occur when individuals stop exercising and regularly engaging their mental faculties—especially in older age. Now recent research has expanded this umbrella to encompass the effects of inactivity related to working life as well. [...]

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Your Early Morning Caffeine Fix May Be Less Demented Than You Think

November 20, 2014

Ever question your sanity after paying five dollars for a latte? Many of us have. Indeed, it’s not news to anyone that many adults cite coffee as one of the essentials they need to get their mornings going. That said, recent research suggests that our willingness to stand in that long Starbucks line may be [...]

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Brain Game Claims: Fact or Fiction?

November 20, 2014

In light of the increasing popularity of brain training, or “brain games,” and the claims being made about them, the Stanford Center on Longevity and Berlin’s Max Planck Institute for Human Development commissioned a consensus report from nearly 70 scientists on the current state of research on brain training. The scientists were asked to evaluate [...]

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What Is the State of Public Long-Term Services & Support?

October 22, 2014

Recently, in response to a new initiative of the federal government for improving long-term services and support (LTSS), Dr. Stephen Kaye at the Institute for Health & Aging at University of California, San Francisco addressed the policy landscape in the United States surrounding issues facing individuals in need of such resources. This included a discussion [...]

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Predicting the Future: Researchers Eye New Early Predictor of Cognitive Decline

October 22, 2014

Evidence of Alzheimer’s Disease begins to appear in the brain well before clinical cognitive symptoms of the disease, which has led to the introduction of the term “preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease” to refer to individuals without cognitive impairment who aren’t showing any clinical symptoms of the disease. These individuals show signs of the amyloid plaques that [...]

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