How Loneliness Changes Across Your Lifetime

Loneliness can strike at any age, although the cause might be different.

by KIRA M. NEWMAN | Greater Good Science Center

Ask someone to recount a time they felt lonely, and they’ll undoubtedly have a story to share. You might hear about the college freshman away from home for the first time. Or the new mother feeding her baby in the dark stillness of 4 a.m.

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

Tips to Keep Your Brain Young and Firing On All Cylinders

Slowing brain function, forgetfulness, and dementia are some of the most feared parts of aging and things we’re all keen to avoid. Do we have to accept mental slowdown as an inevitable part of aging or are there practical steps we can take to avoid/slow down this process? The good news is that brain games and physical activity can play a huge role in maintaining a youthful mind. Here’s what you need to do in order to keep your brain in tip-top condition:

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Living Alone? Know These Simple Things

New Transitions

by John Hawthorne | Bay Alarm Medical

While many people enjoy the solitude of living alone, others, who unexpectedly find themselves in an empty home, can face a difficult transition period. Aside from simply missing the company of another human being, living alone means you don’t have another person to help with certain chores.

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John Hawthorne is a health nut from Canada with a passion for travel and taking part in humanitarian efforts. His writing not only solves a creative need it has also lead to many new opportunities when traveling abroad.

Is the Death of an Elder Worse Than the Death of a Young Person?

Time Marches...

Not long before he died, I sat in hospital with my grandfather, keeping him company as he waited, gowned and gaunt, for whatever the doctors might do. Before I left, he pointed me to the wardrobe and asked me to take his wallet home. He worried, in mild tones, that ‘Some ornery fella might come in while I sleep and get into my britches, and I’d lose my pocketbook.’

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Aeon is a digital magazine of ideas and culture. Since September 2012 they have been publishing some of the most profound and provocative thinking on the web. They ask the big questions and find the freshest, most original answers, provided by leading thinkers on science, philosophy, society, and the arts. Aeon was founded in London by Paul and Brigid Hains. It now has offices in London, Melbourne, and New York. Aeon is a not-for-profit and operated by Aeon Media Group Ltd., committed to big ideas, serious enquiry, and a humane worldview. That’s it.

Spotlight on Seniors Who Are Changing the World

by Shari Swanson | Daily Good

The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world. --Susan B. Anthony

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DailyGood was born in 1998, when one college student started sharing inspiration with a half a dozen of his friends by sending them an enriching quote every day.

Today, DailyGood leverages the internet to promote positive and uplifting news around the world to more than 100,000 subscribers through the daily and weekly newsletters. Readers receive a news story, an inspiring quote, and a suggested action that each person can take to make a difference in their own lives and the world around them.

Often times, watching the nightly news and reading mainstream newspapers it's hard to remember the presence of good in the world. And yet it is constantly around us. The world is full of everyday heroes and true stories of transformation. They have helped sustain life down the ages in a multitude of ways, small, simple, and profound. DailyGood aims to shine a light on these stories and in doing so to change the nature of our conversations. If it can spread a few smiles along the way it's purpose is served.

Our philosophy is quite simple: "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." The entire project is fully run by dedicated volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours finding the right stories and quotes. All of our content is distributed and syndicated for free. We don't advertise or promote any products. We don't ask for anything with the trust that whatever is needed will come.

With Age

I’ve been sitting here for some time watching this day as it unfolds. Colors radiate their brilliance and the light of awareness seems to brighten into this thought:

As we age, we perceive the world with a greater capacity than we do when we are younger.

We see mortality, we experience suffering, and we imagine the end. Without this awareness, we may tend to shut down with fear, frustration, and regret. However, we do have another option ­to open to infinite possibility.

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Tim Dukes, Ph.D. develops leaders and communications across fields ranging from executives and business owners to entrepreneurs and artists. His communications model and workshops, built on presence and mindfulness, foster open environments based on trust and candor. Tim’s clients emerge as socially conscious, culturally sustainable, and strategically focused innovators. www.DrTimothyDukes.com​

Five Ways to Get Fit After 55

As a certified personal trainer, 51-year-old Rob Flores is fit and active. But he also knows the challenges that come with age: in recent years, he’s had major knee and shoulder surgery.

“I understand the challenges of not being able to get around and do the things that we took for granted when we were younger.”

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After a 2008 divorce left Bonnie Moore living alone in a newly remodeled five-bedroom home, she searched for and found four great roommates to fill the empty bedrooms. The experience was so transformational that Moore embarked on a new career dedicated to helping 50+ adults ease their way into shared living. As founder of Golden Girls Network, she has written a book titled How to Start a Golden Girls Home and teaches classes on the same topic.  For more information about Bonnie, please visit http://goldengirlsnetwork.com. You can also join her on Facebook and Twitter @GoldenGirlsNet.

3 Innovative Options That Make Aging in Place Possible

The old standard of retiring and shuffling off to a retirement community is being re-written by baby boomers who want to enjoy their homes, embrace their communities, and age in place as long as they can. By renovating their homes, engaging in the “Village” model, and finding innovative solutions like the Golden Girls Network’s Home Companion program, it’s now possible for baby boomers to stay in their homes longer.

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After a 2008 divorce left Bonnie Moore living alone in a newly remodeled five-bedroom home, she searched for and found four great roommates to fill the empty bedrooms. The experience was so transformational that Moore embarked on a new career dedicated to helping 50+ adults ease their way into shared living. As founder of Golden Girls Network, she has written a book titled How to Start a Golden Girls Home and teaches classes on the same topic.  For more information about Bonnie, please visit http://goldengirlsnetwork.com. You can also join her on Facebook and Twitter @GoldenGirlsNet.

Becoming Elders in Our Evolving World

by Lynne Iser | Elder-Activists.org and Pachamama Alliance

There are real opportunities to repair our world. What it takes is an enormous effort, the work of all people—especially us the elders. As elders we have the common sense, wisdom, resources, and the inner urge to leave a legacy that we can be proud of.

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Pachamama Alliance is a global community that offers people the chance to learn, connect, engage, travel and cherish life for the purpose of creating a sustainable future that works for all. With roots deep in the Amazon rainforest, Pachamama Alliance programs integrate indigenous wisdom with modern knowledge to support personal, and collective, transformation that is the catalyst to bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, spiritually fulfilling, socially just human presence on this planet. www.pachamama.org
 

22 Simple Ways for Baby Boomers to Re-Invent Themselves

The spring flowers blooming and the trees blossoming after a long, hard winter has gotten us thinking about beginning anew. Like those flowers, we baby boomers can also bloom. The process doesn’t have to be arduous or extreme.

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After a 2008 divorce left Bonnie Moore living alone in a newly remodeled five-bedroom home, she searched for and found four great roommates to fill the empty bedrooms. The experience was so transformational that Moore embarked on a new career dedicated to helping 50+ adults ease their way into shared living. As founder of Golden Girls Network, she has written a book titled How to Start a Golden Girls Home and teaches classes on the same topic.  For more information about Bonnie, please visit http://goldengirlsnetwork.com. You can also join her on Facebook and Twitter @GoldenGirlsNet.

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08/02/2018
Loneliness can strike at any age, although the cause might be different. by KIRA M. NEWMAN | Greater Good Science Center Ask someone to recount a time they felt lonely, and they’ll... read more
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03/11/2018
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Slowing brain function, forgetfulness, and dementia are some of the most feared parts of aging and things we’re all keen to avoid. Do we have to accept mental slowdown as an inevitable part of aging... read more
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01/03/2018
Time Marches... Not long before he died, I sat in hospital with my grandfather, keeping him company as he waited, gowned and gaunt, for whatever the doctors might do. Before I left, he pointed me... read more
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08/16/2017
by Shari Swanson | Daily Good The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world. --Susan B. Anthony Retirement is a time finally away from bosses and schedules, stress and... read more
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09/19/2016
I’ve been sitting here for some time watching this day as it unfolds. Colors radiate their brilliance and the light of awareness seems to brighten into this thought: As we age, we perceive the... read more
woman doing tai chi exercises outside
06/10/2016
As a certified personal trainer, 51-year-old Rob Flores is fit and active. But he also knows the challenges that come with age: in recent years, he’s had major knee and shoulder surgery. “I... read more
couch cushions say HOME and HAPPy with coffee and cookies
05/12/2016
The old standard of retiring and shuffling off to a retirement community is being re-written by baby boomers who want to enjoy their homes, embrace their communities, and age in place as long as they... read more
demonstrators for elder-activists.org
04/13/2016
by Lynne Iser | Elder-Activists.org and Pachamama Alliance There are real opportunities to repair our world. What it takes is an enormous effort, the work of all people—especially us the elders... read more

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Silhouette of man sitting alone by a sunset lake.
08/02/2018
Loneliness can strike at any age, although the cause might be different. by KIRA M. NEWMAN | Greater Good Science Center Ask someone to recount a time they felt lonely, and they’ll... read more
Older couple kicks off shoes and dances on the couch
03/11/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
Slowing brain function, forgetfulness, and dementia are some of the most feared parts of aging and things we’re all keen to avoid. Do we have to accept mental slowdown as an inevitable part of aging... read more
Older woman outside hugging her basset hound dog
01/04/2018
New Transitions by John Hawthorne | Bay Alarm Medical While many people enjoy the solitude of living alone, others, who unexpectedly find themselves in an empty home, can face a difficult... read more
Close of of elder person's hands holding a child's hands on white table.
01/03/2018
Time Marches... Not long before he died, I sat in hospital with my grandfather, keeping him company as he waited, gowned and gaunt, for whatever the doctors might do. Before I left, he pointed me... read more
Grandfather running in park with family.
08/16/2017
by Shari Swanson | Daily Good The older I get, the greater power I seem to have to help the world. --Susan B. Anthony Retirement is a time finally away from bosses and schedules, stress and... read more
Wire-rimmed eyeglasses on wooden table.
09/19/2016
I’ve been sitting here for some time watching this day as it unfolds. Colors radiate their brilliance and the light of awareness seems to brighten into this thought: As we age, we perceive the... read more
woman doing tai chi exercises outside
06/10/2016
As a certified personal trainer, 51-year-old Rob Flores is fit and active. But he also knows the challenges that come with age: in recent years, he’s had major knee and shoulder surgery. “I... read more
couch cushions say HOME and HAPPy with coffee and cookies
05/12/2016
The old standard of retiring and shuffling off to a retirement community is being re-written by baby boomers who want to enjoy their homes, embrace their communities, and age in place as long as they... read more
demonstrators for elder-activists.org
04/13/2016
by Lynne Iser | Elder-Activists.org and Pachamama Alliance There are real opportunities to repair our world. What it takes is an enormous effort, the work of all people—especially us the elders... read more

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