5/29/2013 – Japan’s longevity secret: Social ties

Japan is, by some measures, the world’s oldest country: Japanese women who reach age 65 can expect to live an additional 23 years, while men are likely to live another 18. But the country’s famously healthy dietary habits aren’t the only factor driving the nation’s longevity. In a recent story on the PBS web site Next Avenue, Dawn Carr, a research associate at the Stanford Center on Longevity, focuses on the Japanese concept of “ikigai.”

Read the full article at MarketWatch.

5/22/2013 – The Experts: The Best Books for Retirees

What books might retirees or soon-to-be retirees find inspiring for the next phase of their lives? The Wall Street Journal put this question to The Experts, an exclusive group of industry, academic and other thought leaders who engage in in-depth online discussions.

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

5/16/2013 – Tips for college grads: How to retire rich

“Invest in your career,” said Steve Vernon, a consulting research scholar at the Stanford Center on Longevity, Financial Security Division. “If you don’t have strong earnings, you won’t be able to save much money.

Read the full article at MarketWatch.

5/13/2013 – Med School study develops models to further muscular dystrophy research

Researchers in the School of Medicine recently published a study detailing the development of mouse models that use luciferase, the gene that makes fireflies glow, to follow the progression of limb-girdle muscular dystrophy through noninvasive imaging of the luminescent decaying muscle cells.

The researchers, who worked in the lab of Professor of Neurology and Neurological Science and Center on Longevity deputy director Thomas Rando, began developing the mouse model in 2008. The study was co-authored by Rando, clinical assistant professor Leland Lim, research associate Katie Maguire and Sedona Speedy, an undergraduate student at Northwestern University.

Read the full article at The Stanford Daily.

5/13/2013 – How An Adviser’s Personal Finances Can Trip Him Up

People are living longer, but that doesn’t mean advisers will see more clients losing their cognitive abilities, including the capacity to make their own financial decisions. “We may be jumping the gun” in expecting that, psychologist Laura Carstensen told advisers at a conference in Las Vegas, Financial Planning reported.

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

4/29/2013 – Why Older Minds Make Better Decisions

The decisions we make throughout our lives about money, work, health and relationships have a tremendous influence on how we age. And as the number of older people increases, not only in the United States but around the world, the decisions seniors make and how they make them will have a significant impact on global economies and societies.

Read the full article at Forbes.

4/22/2013 – Researchers: Standing at your desk could have health benefits

Preliminary research by Stanford Center on Longevity faculty affiliate Cathy Heaney shows standing at your desk at work could lower cholesterol levels and make you less sedentary.

See the video at KCRA News.

4/12/2013 – Video: Happiness Experts Provide Advice on Living to 100

U.S. News’s e-book, How to Live to 100, contains money, health and happiness keys to more enriching and, possibly, longer lives. Three of the book’s experts, including Laura Carstensen, a professor of psychology and director of the Stanford Center on Longevity recently got together and spoke about happiness.

Read the full article at U.S. News and World Report.

3/14/2013 – Living Longer Than Ever: Is That a Good Thing?

The good news: We’re living longer than ever. The bad news: We’re living longer than ever.

In an oversimplified way, that was the message from Laura Carstensen, director of Stanford University’s Center on Longevity, in her remarks to this year’s Aging in America conference here, sponsored by the American Society on Aging.

Carstensen, a well-known researcher who delights in debunking stereotypes of older adults, had less of the expected “older is better” happy talk, and more of the “it’s time to deal with how our culture has changed” message.

Read the full article at AARP.

3/6/2013 – A Word To The Wise

In this two-part series, Marilyn Powell talks to psychologists, sociologists, neuroscientists – and the wise that dwell among us – about a very old topic. What they have discovered about the nature of wisdom and being wise will enlighten and surprise you. Among the participants was Center on Longevity Founding Director Laura Carstensen.

Listen to the full discussion at CBC Radio.