Believe this? Cynics At Higher Risk for Dementia.

Posted on 05/28/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayIf you’re a cynic, you’ll probably disregard this, but researchers say that cynical mistrust will triple your risk of developing dementia. Scoff all you want, but researchers in Finland who tested 1,449 older adults (average age: 71) found that highly cynical people were three times more likely to develop dementia than those with a more trusting, optimistic personality, according to a study published today in the journal Neurology. In other words, “your personality may affect your brain health,” explained lead …

Investing in Bitcoins and Other 2014 Predictions

Posted on 12/30/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1 … That science fiction author and futurist Isaac Asimov got it right 50 years ago when he wrote: “Communication will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone.” (Learn more at Buzzfeed) 2 … That about half of us think 2014 will be a better year overall than 2013. (Learn more at USA Today) 3 … That some things will be more expensive in 2014, including beef, bread, …

Why Complaining Is Bad for You… but Might Feel Too Good to Stop

Posted on 05/7/2013 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Your LifeMy dad was a master complainer. A king of kvetching. He had a symphony of noises and a palette of winces and scowls to make his annoyance known to all. Dad would never have taken part in a growing fad: purple rubber bracelets carved with the words “A Complaint Free World.” Ten million bracelets are supposedly out there in more than 100 countries, although who knows how many are being worn. The bracelet is inspiration for nitpickers, grouches and grumblers …

Curb Your Enthusiasm: Pessimists May Be Healthier

Posted on 03/4/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthBad news for the relentlessly cheery Pollyannas among us: Grumpy old men (and women) may live longer. Or so says a new German study that suggests that pessimists live longer, healthier lives than those who are overly optimistic. The new research, published online this month in the journal Psychology and Aging, finds that people who have low expectations for their future satisfaction actually have less disability and death than do those who overestimate their future happiness. In other words, Eeyore …

Aging and Optimistic? It’s More Common (and Warranted) Than You May Think

Posted on 08/22/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayOptimism among the aged may be more common than you think. By “you,” I mean the proverbial you, of course — you in particular might have no doubt that life doesn’t stop being a bowl of cherries at 65. Based on what frequently runs in the media, however, anyone could be forgiven for thinking older Americans are all just downright miserable. So what a surprising change of pace this “United States of Aging” survey turned out to be.

Current Retirees Optimistic About Finances and Future

Posted on 08/8/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayLife is good? Most retirees think so, at least according to one new survey. Conducted by USA Today, UnitedHealthcare and the National Council on Aging, the poll of Americans age 60 and older found a surprising amount of optimism in a cohort often painted as scared, sad and struggling.