Psychological Health for the over fifty

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3 Lessons On Aging We Can Learn From Robin Williams
We’ll miss you, Robin. But, you showed us sometimes through laughs, sometimes through tears, how to trample the ordinary. You sounded your barbaric yawp from Hollywood’s rooftops. We thank you for it. The fact that we believe he died so young says a great deal about life in the 21st century. Millions of us are over age 60, the mark of our time. This is why Robin Williams has left valuable lessons that we overlook at our peril.  Read the article here.

Masking Depression with Humor
Robin William’s isn’t the first comic to commit suicide. And, unfortunately, he won’t be the last. Many of these individuals appear to others to have it all. They come from “good families”, have nice homes and may even be wealthy. People cannot understand how these individuals can be unhappy. They believe that if life looks good on the outside, you must feel good on the inside. Hence, the depression goes unrecognized or may be dismissed. This article explores humor as a defense against pain. Read the article here.

Depression: When You Have It All
People think, if only I had success in life, I’d be the happiest person on earth. Yet, as Robin Williams’ suicide so clearly demonstrates, you can have fame, fortune, a loving family and still be depressed. Though I have no knowledge of Robin Williams’ inner psyche, I do know that those with wealth and status are not immune to depression. Indeed, they may even be more prone to it. Continue Reading

Are you Living a Crazy Busy Lifestyle?
Is your life “crazy busy?” Of course if you are working full time and your kids are young, it’s understandable. But what if you’re not working full time? Or your kids are grown? Or almost grown? Or you are unemployed or retired? Continue Reading

Good News for the Baby Boomer Generation
This article reviews the existing literature, including the results of longitudinal studies showing variables that predicted successful aging. Focusing on a lifespan psychology perspective of aging, the authors provide behavioral recommendations for middle age individuals that are likely to prevent disease-related disability, cognitive impairment, and late life depression. These include regular physical exercise, engaging in cognitively stimulating activities, maintaining an optimistic mental outlook, and finding meaning in life. The good news for the Baby Boomers is that there is increasing evidence that their behavior at age 50 will impact how they feel at age 80. Read the article here.

How to Modify Perfectionistic Thinking.
Perfectionistic thinking could be modified if perfectionists could transform their binary thinking into thinking on a continuum. The really worst thing about being a perfectionist is that they think in black and white. Everything is either right or wrong. They are good or bad. Smart or stupid. Strong or weak. Normal or nuts. Read the article here.

Cynicism is Bad for Your Brain.
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.
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