Aging

Research is showing that aging equals anything but cognitive decline and unhappiness.

  • Education provides little protection against the onset of cognitive declines but can boost the cognitive skills. [August 10, 2020] More

    Schooling Is Critical for Cognitive Health Throughout Life

    Education provides little protection against the onset of cognitive declines but can boost the cognitive skills. [August 10, 2020] More

  • In March, Lisbeth Nielsen took over leadership of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). More

    A New Force for Behavioral Science in Aging Research

    In March, Lisbeth Nielsen took over leadership of the Division of Behavioral and Social Research at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). More

  • Big Data involving thousands and thousands of participants is enabling researchers to track the development of different cognitive skills across the lifespan with increasing accuracy. And the results of these studies bring light to some surprising — and perhaps heartening — findings about the aging brain. More

    The Cognitive Upside of Aging

    Big Data involving thousands and thousands of participants is enabling researchers to track the development of different cognitive skills across the lifespan with increasing accuracy. And the results of these studies bring light to some surprising — and perhaps heartening — findings about the aging brain. More

  • In exploring aging societies around the world, psychological scientists find significant variability in social relationships and family structures, individuals’ needs and expectations, and potential solutions for maintaining quality of life. Declining fertility rates and each country’s unique situational context point to the need for flexibility with regard to policy development related to aging. More

    How Age Magnifies Experience: Deconstructing Cross-Cultural Differences in Aging

    In exploring aging societies around the world, psychological scientists find significant variability in social relationships and family structures, individuals’ needs and expectations, and potential solutions for maintaining quality of life. Declining fertility rates and each country’s unique situational context point to the need for flexibility with regard to policy development related to aging. More

  • Longitudinal research reveals that self-reported feelings of well-being tend to increase with age, but that a person’s overall level of well-being depends on when he or she was born. More

    Happiness Increases with Age, Across Generations

    Longitudinal research reveals that self-reported feelings of well-being tend to increase with age, but that a person’s overall level of well-being depends on when he or she was born. More

  • Bilingualism appears to have a positive influence cognitive reserve — the way the brain responds to neuropathological damage. More

    Bilingualism and the Aging Brain

    Bilingualism appears to have a positive influence cognitive reserve — the way the brain responds to neuropathological damage. More

  • Older adults are encouraged to stay active to keep their minds sharp. But new findings from a longitudinal study suggests that only demanding activities — such as learning photography — will benefit cognitive functioning. More

    Learning New Skills Keeps an Aging Mind Sharp

    Older adults are encouraged to stay active to keep their minds sharp. But new findings from a longitudinal study suggests that only demanding activities — such as learning photography — will benefit cognitive functioning. More

  • Although thinking about dying can cause considerable angst, research suggests that the actual emotional experiences of the dying are both more positive and less negative than people expect More

    This is a photo of a white flower growing out of a crack in asphalt

    Emotions Expressed by the Dying Are Unexpectedly Positive

    Although thinking about dying can cause considerable angst, research suggests that the actual emotional experiences of the dying are both more positive and less negative than people expect More

  • Having a happy spouse can lead to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it’s associated with a longer life, too. More

    A senior couple together on the tennis court.

    People With Happy Spouses May Live Longer

    Having a happy spouse can lead to a longer marriage, and now study results show that it’s associated with a longer life, too. More

  • Accumulating evidence suggests that providing social support for others can benefit caregivers, boosting feelings of social connection. More

    Caring for Others Can Bring Benefits

    Accumulating evidence suggests that providing social support for others can benefit caregivers, boosting feelings of social connection. More

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