Older adults across the globe are more willing to help others
But they will prioritize charitable organizations operating within their own country. As foreign aid budgets are cut, there will be an increasing reliance on global charities. Understanding the giving preferences and inclinations of different age groups could be extremely important in planning campaigns and appeals.
Happiness in early adulthood may protect against dementia
Every week I come across studies which show that dementia is not a disease of old age, but rather a condition that has its roots much, much earlier in life. This study confirms many of these earlier studies but looks at the issue in terms of the connection between early depression and later dementia.
77 percent of suicides in UK and Europe are male
Step-by-Step, was launched in 2017 following a European Commission report which showed men account for 77 percent of all suicides in the continent. The project was based on the popular Men’s Sheds concept, which originated in 1980s Australia to improve the health and wellbeing of men deemed at high-risk of social isolation.
Lower-wealth volunteers experience greater health gains from volunteering than wealthier volunteers
Volunteering is regarded as beneficial for volunteer health, and some studies have even suggested the possibility that volunteering could become a low-cost, sustainable public health intervention.
Older people are worse at learning to self-help, but just as good learning to help others
By better understanding what motivates older people, we can contribute to strategies that promote healthy aging. Learning ability tends to get worse as people get older, but when making choices that benefit others, older adults’ learning ability is preserved.
"All the lonely people": The impact of loneliness in old age on life and health expectancy
Is it time to rethink work so that the transition from “employed” to “retired” is not so traumatic? Many people - particularly men - are less able to make social contacts outside of work thus, when work ends, they are in danger of feeling isolated, even if they are married.
How environmental factors could provide for a young brain
“Diseases of old age,” including cognitive decline, are not the products of aging per se, but rather of lifestyle, living and working conditions over time. Working in a boring job, having less opportunity to socialize, staying in one place all your life, are all contrary to our human design specs.
Feeling younger buffers older adults from stress, protects against health decline
People who feel younger have a greater sense of well-being, better cognitive functioning, less inflammation, lower risk of hospitalization and even live longer than their older-feeling peers.
Amazon indigenous group's lifestyle may hold a key to slowing down aging
As a young PhD student, I spent a year living with hunter-gatherers. One of the things I noticed was an almost complete absence of cognitive decline with old age. I surmised that this lifestyle was far more in tune with our human “design-specs” and therefore created far less stress on their overall system.
Strengthening interpersonal relationships helps medical patients live longer
Relationships influence our behavior and our physical health. We now know that it is possible to prolong life by fostering coping and reducing distress.
Depressed people age more quickly
We have known for a long time that depression is responsible for a number of physical disorders including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Now we find that it might have even more pernicious effects which are very relevant to the issue of longevity.
Link between personality and risk of death
It has been shown that people scoring lower on the personality trait of conscientiousness (a tendency to be responsible, organized, and capable of self-control) can be at a 40% increased risk of future death compared to their higher scoring counterparts.
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