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What are the Secrets to Successful Aging?

A useful definition of wisdom is maintaining positive well-being in the face of challenges. Here are some of the components of wisdom: Emotional resiliency Positivity Self-insight Kindness towards self and others Generativity (giving back to others) Humility Ability to learn from experience Understanding that priorities and values, including your own, are not absolute Acceptance Gratitude. What we usually focus on when we think about satisfaction in later life is things like maintaining physical and mental health, volunteering, and having posititve relationships with others. But what about when life narrows: when…
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Emotions Don’t Deteriorate With Age

In an important contribution to emotion studies, a new finding indicates that older people have a heightened response to sadness which may reflect a greater compassion for other people and strengthen social bonds. Researcher Robert Levenson of UC Berkeley thinks the heightened sadness response might be beneficial for maintaining and strengthening social ties. Sadness “is a very functional emotion” ,he says. “It’s an emotion that really brings people towards us and motivates them to help us.” Earlier studies have reported that in day-to-day life, older people report experiencing more positive…
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Chocolate Kisses for Dementia

Isn’t it one of our biggest fears—losing our minds and being warehoused in one of “those places”? Don’t we all have the images in our heads of people drugged into silence, plunked in front of TV’s, forgotten? There’s a (slowly) growing movement to introduce effective, respectful and inexpensive innovations to nursing homes for people with dementia. The research suggests that creating positive emotional experiences, for patients who are in a continual state of confusion as to time and place, reduces behavioral problems and the suffering that underlies them. Beatitudes Campus…
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