Research Methodology & Theory

Women & the Meaning of “Age” in Bhubaneswar, India
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

The meaning of “old age” can vary tremendously across time and across cultures, profoundly influencing how we order our lives. It can even vary within…

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Generativity: Contributing to Others May Enhance Well-Being
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

Scholars of the life course have long hypothesized that generativity, or constructive activity that benefits others, is important to mid- and later-life human development. (Examples…

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Defining “Healthy Aging”
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

The concept of “successful aging,” as coined by gerontologists Rowe and Kahn, has been influential in gerontology and has advanced scholarly understanding of healthy aging.…

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Building Evidence for Dementia Prevention
, Aging & Wellness, Operational Resources, Research Methodology & Theory, Senior Housing

As was the case in 2010 when the National Institutes of Health issued a consensus statement on the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, there…

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Measuring Physical Resilience
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

Resilience is the ability to adaptively respond to challenges and adverse events. There are many types of resilience—emotional resilience, for example, is one form of…

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Understanding Developmental Time’s Effects on Biological & Cognitive Aging
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

When we use the word “age” in common speech, we are usually referring to our chronological age, or the number of years since our birth.…

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Sense of Personal Control and Physical Well-Being: A Cross-national Study
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

Researchers have hypothesized that older adults who have a strong sense of personal control may likely live healthier and longer lives. More specifically, older adults…

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Successful Aging and Longevity in Older Women
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

A recent study published in Journal of Aging Research uncovered additional support for the “successful aging” theory as well as new findings on the impact…

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The Evidence-Practice Gap: Drug Trials & Older Patients
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

Older adults are underrepresented as subjects in drug trial, and this is particularly true for older adults with chronic disease, who represent a rapidly growing…

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Clinical Trials Fail to Sufficiently Represent Older Adults
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

Older adults use the highest proportion of medical and pharmaceutical treatment, but are vastly underrepresented in clinical trial research. A recent review of publications based…

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Gender and Aging: What Do We Know?
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

The popular science press hosts countless reports of sex-based differences between men and women. Magazines, weekend newspapers and email inboxes teem with commentary about statistically…

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