Aging Research

Research – Let’s Talk About Aging

letstalkaboutagingIn our last research article, Believing is Seeing, we discussed an experiment that supported having an open mindset about aging may have a positive impact on your future. The analysis of this next experiment continues down the same road.

Let’s look at the details:

What Was the Experiment Name and Purpose?

Negative Perceptions of Aging Predict Longitudinal Decline in Cognitive Function

This team was interested in how aging self-perceptions might predict changes in how the brain functioned. They “hypothesized that self-perceptions of aging would not only be associated with cognitive function cross-sectionally but also with change in cognition longitudinally.”

In easier English, they believed the way people thought about aging would affect their brains today and in the future.

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Volunteer

Volunteer – The American Red Cross

Volunteering is a great way to stay young. It keeps you engaged and involved with your community and at the same time makes you feel better about yourself.

You are a good person!

There are many types of volunteering opportunities available. Some of which you may have never realized. I’d like to bring some of the opportunities to you. Of course, not all will resonate with you. In fact, a lot probably won’t resonate with you but maybe, just maybe one will. Then you will take a chance, a leap of faith, and volunteer!

Today’s selection is The American Red Cross.

The mission of The American Red Cross is to “prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. ”

Sounds like they need YOU!

In fact, 90% of their work is completed by volunteers. As you might imagine there are tons of ways to volunteer your time. You could:

  • Take a Leadership Role
  • Support the Red Cross Blood Team
  • Help During a Crisis
  • Educate Others
  • Support Our Armed Forces
  • Assist with Fundraising Efforts
  • Offer Health Care
  • Use Your Communication Skills
  • Provide Office and Warehouse Support
  • Engage in Our Efforts Internationally

To get started, you can complete the registration form by clicking here.

Next find opportunities close to you by clicking here, entering your zip code, and adding your areas of interest. The site will provide you with the available opportunities!

Once you begin the journey, they will provide you with appropriate orientation information and possibly training.

This is really an exciting time and remember,
volunteering
keeps your mind and body engaged, which is just what you need to
stay young and healthy.  

 

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Aging

Who Is…The Alliance for Aging Research?

There are many organizations focused on the aging population. Of course, right away you probably think of AARP but there are many more.

I’d like to introduce you to some of those organizations. It is important to know about these groups so you can gain more information to help yourself and your family in the future.

The Alliance for Aging Research was established in 1986. They are a “nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the pace of scientific discoveries and their application to vastly improve the universal human experience of aging and health.”alliance for aging research

They want people to “live longer, happier, more productive lives.” Now, who doesn’t want that?

The Alliance also aims to reduce health care costs and make scientific advancements that allow people to manage their own well-being. They are continually exploring ways to advance science and enhance lives.

So check them out! You can:

Get health information

Understand more on public policy

Donate to their cause

or even,

Find out about their events!

So get involved today. You’ll be glad you did.

If you’d like to have an organization featured, please let me know in the comment section below!

 

 

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Ted Talks

Ted Talk: How I’m Preparing to Get Alzheimer’s

Okay, let’s just get it out there, Ted Talks are amazing. Therefore, I want to share with you some great Ted Talks related to aging.

I wanted to start with this one about Alzheimer’s Disease. Why?

My outlook on aging is extremely positive. The things on which I like to focus mainly relate to how to improve aging, how to be optimistic about aging, and how to target areas related to aging that will allow the optimal longevity.

When I read that, I love it (as you might imagine)! Other people though might yearn for what they consider a more realistic approach. You know, not all roses and sunshine. I get it…I don’t love roses, myself.

In an effort to reach all types of people and cover the topic thoroughly, I want to discuss the negative aspects of aging as well.

Of course, my philosophy on this will remain:

focus on the positive

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