Aging

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

  • 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

  • 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

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