Subject Term: Health: Brain & Mental

Transforming Community: The Art of Active Aging

From the YouTube Video Description:

In this lively talk, Tim discusses the cutting edge developments in programming toward senior health, creativity and civic engagement. He presents case studies of seniors who have engaged in new lifestyles in later life and experienced profound advances in health, longevity and life satisfaction. Anecdotal stories are tied to research that shows that aging can be a window to opportunity, a second act, a natural progression through the phases in adult development – and a key to a happier, fuller later life.

Aging and the Intersection of Cognition, Motivation, and Emotion

From ScienceDirect:

“This chapter aims to integrate the disparate domains of cognitive aging and socio-emotional aging from the perspective of a motivational theory of life-span development. A thorough understanding of how the human mind adapts ontogenetically requires an integrative perspective of cognition, emotion, and motivation. The aging mind is generally characterized by divergent trajectories. Old age is marked by deterioration in most mental processes; especially those that are effortful and deliberative decline ubiquitously, while a few automatic processes and well-learned expertise-related functions remain unscathed. Evidence also indicates that even in old age there is remarkable plasticity of function. Not only can practice improve the performance of older adults, but instructional frames that portray a positive account of aging and memory can also improve performance.”

Growing Old or Living Long: Take Your Pick

From the article:

“My students, colleagues, and I had been studying age-related changes in motivation for several years. We began to wonder whether changes in motivation would affect performance on cognitive tasks, and we set out to explore what we call socioemotional selectivity theory (SST), a life-span theory of motivation.” This article is adapted from the annual Henry and Bryna David Lecture, which was delivered at the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.

The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA)

From the ELSA website:

“The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) collects data from people aged over 50 to understand all aspects of ageing in England. More than 18,000 people have taken part in the study since it started in 2002, with the same people re-interviewed every two years.

ELSA collects information on people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing, finances and attitudes around ageing and how these change over time. Data from ELSA participants informs policy across all aspects of ageing including health and social care, retirement and pensions policy, and social and civic participation.”

Feeling Artsy? Here’s How Making Art Helps Your Brain

From the NPR site:

“I do these things partly because it’s fun and entertaining. But I suspect there’s something deeper going on. Because when I create, I feel like it clears my head. It helps me make sense of my emotions. And it somehow, it makes me feel calmer and more relaxed. That made me wonder: What is going on in my brain when I draw? Why does it feel so nice? And how can I get other people — even if they don’t consider themselves artists — on the creativity train? It turns out there’s a lot happening in our minds and bodies when we make art.”

Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives

From the Penguin Random House site:

“Levitin looks at the science behind what we all can learn from those who age joyously, as well as how to adapt our culture to take full advantage of older people’s wisdom and experience. Throughout his exploration of what aging really means, using research from developmental neuroscience and the psychology of individual differences, Levitin reveals resilience strategies and practical, cognitive enhancing tricks everyone should do as they age.”