New Center on Longevity research shows that aging adults play critical roles in the lives of young people, especially the most vulnerable in society. Volunteering is one way to bring older adults and young people together. The key is to change social norms to encourage relationship building between generations. Read the full article at Stanford […]
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Research suggests that your overall mental health, including your mood, your sense of well-being and your ability to handle stress, just keeps improving right up until the very end of life. Read the full article at Los Angeles Times.
The older people get, the more challenging it can be to make friends, and that’s especially true after retirement as work is one of the most common ways to meet people. Research from the Stanford Center on Longevity shows of all the age groups, baby boomers show the most signs of disengaging from traditional modes […]
Retirement is too long. We haven’t adjusted to longer lifespans and greater physical and mental capabilities in our later years. As a result, the notion of retiring at 65 is outmoded for most—and even dangerous for many, who can’t possibly save enough over their working lives to cover a 30+-year retirement. I ask people all […]
Why is the American economy stuck in low gear? Among economists, two major culprits get most of the attention. First is anemic productivity growth.But little controversy shadows the second major factor: the demographics of an aging population. Read the full article at The New York Times.
A Stanford Center on Longevity analysis shows how to enhance longevity and well-being through healthy living, financial security and social relationships…Read more.
If you know someone who actually saw Elvis Presley on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” chances are they’re 65 or more. What do you call them, seniors? That’s so high school. Old – sounds a little rude. NPR’s Ina Jaffe reports about people over 65 all the time. She’s been covering the beat for years and […]
A new breed of video games are designed to exercise aging brains and improve players’ attention, speed and memory. But critics say the claims made by developers are not supported with evidence. Could these mental workouts make a difference? Special correspondent Jake Schoneker speaks with experts — including Center on Longevity founding director Laura Carstensen […]
Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Dr. Carstensen points out that while older workers’ cognitive processing declines with age, their knowledge increases, particularly within a particular skill set. She also notes that older workers also tend to be happier and more emotionally stable. Happy, stable and knowledgeable workers…what’s not to like? Read the […]