February 19, 2015 | Found In: Aging
The Wall Street Journal recently highlighted the negative myths about aging that many of us not only frequently hear, but may actually believe. Take this little quiz to see what we mean. You can probably guess where we are heading with this—all of the statements are false but are pervasively touted as true. Aging has been caricatured as a time of increasing loneliness, and decreasing productivity, cognitive health and vitality.
October 14, 2014 | Found In: Aging
Many of the most interesting and innovative research studies to emerge in gerontology are focused on non-pharmacological, behavior-based interventions to improve quality of life. At Changing the Way the World Ages, we love to highlight this research because it is in line with our mission to embrace the journey of aging, and find meaning and a sense of purpose at each of stage of life.
February 3, 2014 | Found In: Aging
In Western societies, aging is often viewed as a progressive process of loss—of loved ones, senses, memory, flexibility, etc. In Okinawa, Japan, on the other hand, aging is viewed as a rich and meaningful part of life and elders are highly respected.
January 22, 2014 | Found In: Aging
No matter where you live, disasters – whether natural or man-made – often strike quickly and unexpectedly; local officials and relief workers may not be able to reach you or your loved ones right away. Thus, knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is incredibly important…
December 26, 2013 | Found In: Aging
Falls are the leading cause of injury and death by injury in people aged 65 and over, making fall prevention awareness a priority for all seniors. Taking steps to reduce your risk, however, does not guarantee that you will avoid a fall. Thus, it is also important to be knowledgeable about the recovery process.
Book Review: A Long Bright Future: An Action Plan for a Lifetime of Happiness, Health, and Financial Security
December 24, 2013 | Found In: Aging
In A Long Bright Future: An Action Plan for a Lifetime of Happiness, Health, and Financial Security, Stanford professor and leading longevity and aging expert Dr. Laura L. Carstensen answers a question many of us may have asked…
November 13, 2013 | Found In: Aging
The general increase in life expectancy over the past decade has resulted in a burgeoning interest in retirement planning. While many of us may have an idea of where and when we want to retire, the general consensus is that aging adults simply are not saving enough to ensure a comfortable retirement….
October 22, 2013 | Found In: Aging
A popular image floating around the web depicts an older woman squinting at a computer screen with a confused look on her face, perpetuating a longstanding myth that seniors aren’t internet-savvy.
September 4, 2013 | Found In: Aging
What does “happiness” mean to you? How would you define it? In a recent Psychology Today piece titled “What Happy People Do Differently,” the authors explain that, “…true happiness…
August 21, 2013 | Found In: Aging
While warmer temperatures are conducive to outdoor activities, they are also at the root of many health problems including heat stroke, dehydration and other heat-related illnesses (hyperthermia). Older adults are at an especially high risk for these conditions…