Aging, Anti-Aging, & Positive Psychology
This page is part of three online courses on Aging for CE Credits (CEUs) for
Psychology of Aging and Positive Psychology
Aging and Positive Psychology
Anti-Aging Research and Therapies: What is Evidence-Based and What is Not
CE Credits for Psychologists. CE Credits (CEUs) for LMFTs, Social Workers, Counselors and Nurses.
CE Approvals by BBS-CA, ASWB, NBCC, NAADAC, CA-BRN & more.
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- ThirdAge: a popular website for articles focused on Baby Boomers and their interests
- Medicare: information on Medicare and on insurance, doctors, hospitals, etc.
- Medicare: Find a Nursing Home: Search nursing homes by name or search in a geographic radius of a zip code and get very detailed statistics on how the nursing homes compare to nursing homes in the state and country on measures such as health inspections and percent of patients with pressure sores.
- Medicare: Find a Hospital
Enter zip code to compare local hospitals on a variety of specialty and quality measures.
- AARP: Articles on caregiving
- Social Security: Information on Social Security and Medicare benefits, many services are accessible online
Dementia & Alzheimer
News and Information
Positive Psychology and Personality
Psychology of Old Age
- Ageless Lifestyles® has Dr. Brickey's interviews with more than 100 anti-aging experts. The interviews have a similar format to the interviews in this course. The free MP3s can be streamed or downloaded.
- American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine has free news articles and a directory of anti-aging physicians.
- Life Extension Foundation has forward-thinking, research-based articles on health issues and supplements. Their $75 membership includes their monthly magazine, Life Extension, discounts on their supplements, and complimentary vitamins. Their magazine is in many libraries and much of its content is free.
- National Institute on Aging is a government agency that has news items, especially on the research it funds.
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- Horstman, Judith. (2010). The Scientific American brave new brain. The book reports on scientific advances in brain research with adults and seniors. An MP3 interview with the author is part of this course.
- Strauch, Barbara. (2010). The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain. The book reports on scientific advances in brain research with adults and seniors with an emphasis on psychological functioning. An MP3 interview with the author is part of this course.
- Strauch, Barbara. (2004). The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us About Our Kids. The book has a lot of surprising information on scientific advances in brain research with teenagers and their psychological functioning.
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Books About Centenarians
- Adler, Lynn Peters. (1995). Centenarians: The Bonus Years. Peters profiles a couple hundred centenarians. She also tells me she is about to come out with another book. I interviewed Ms Peters on Ageless Lifestyles®. Free MP3.
- Alexander, J. M. (2007). Salt of the Red Earth: A Century of Wit and Wisdom from Oklahoma's Elders. Alexander, a professional photographer, has photos and bios of 100 centenarians from Oklahoma.
- Edelman, Bernard. (1999). Centenarians: The Story of the 20th Century by the Americans Who Lived It. This is another excellent book profiling centenarians.
- Enkelis, Liane. (2000). On Being 100: 31 Centenarians Share Their Extraordinary Lives and Wisdom. Ms Enkelis is a professional photographer. Her extraordinary book has gorgeous, amazing photos of 31 centenarians and profiles of their lives.
- Gorman, Amy. (2006). Aging Artfully: Profiles of 12 Visual and Performing Women Artists 85-105. Her book profiles senior and centenarian artists. She also has a movie on the subject. I interviewed Ms Gorman on Ageless Lifestyles®. Free MP3.
- Heyman, Jim, & Boyer, Paul. (1990). One Hundred Over 100: Moments with One Hundred North American Centenarians. The book has bios and professional photos on North American centenarians.
- Perls, Thomas, & Silver, Margery. (1999). Living to 100. This is the most comprehensive scientific study of centenarians..
- Perelman, Dale Richard. (1999). Centenarians: One Hundred 100 Year Olds Who Made a Difference. Perelman profiles 23 famous centenarians and gives brief descriptions of 77 more.
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Biographies of Centenarians
- Delany, Sadie, & Delany, Bessie. (1993). Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters First 100 Years is a fascinating biography of two never-married African-American sisters. Sadie was a home economics teacher and Bessie was a dentist. The book became a best seller and then a Tony winning Broadway play. They then wrote (1996) The Delany Sisters' Book of Everyday Wisdom, a collection of stories, recipes, and advice. When Bessie died, Sadie wrote (1998) On My Own at 107: Life Without Bessie.
- Textor-Black, Sharon. (2009). Elsa's Own Blue Zone: America's Centenarian Sweetheart's Insights for Positive Aging and Living. Textor-Black chronicles her bon vivant centenarian, grandmother, Elsa Hoffman. The book's cover sets the tone with a Chippendale young man holding her in his arms. Ms Hoffman does her own laundry, ironing, sewing, etc. and has a very active social life. I interviewed Ms Hoffman twice on Ageless Lifestyles®. Free MP3s and Free MP3s.
- Dawson, George. (2000). Life is So Good. Mr. Dawson, an African-American, dropped out of elementary school to help his family on the farm in Texas. At 98 he enrolled in adult education classes and learned to read and write. He died in 2001 at age 103.
- McBurney, Ralph Waldo. (2007). My First 100 Years: A Look Back From the Finish Line. This short paperback chronicles this Kansas born and raised farmer and beekeeper who loves running at every age and loves sharing his philosophy and advice. He died in 2009 at age 106.
- Wood, Beatrice. (1985). I Shock Myself: The Autobiography of Beatrice Wood, chronicles her bohemian lifestyle and discovery of her passion for ceramics. She was one of the nation's most prominent ceramicists. There are also several books about her, photo books of her pottery, and a film honoring her hundredth birthday. She died in 1998 at age 105.
- Lebre, Victor, Robine, Jean-Marie, & Calment, Jeanne. (1998). Jeanne Calment: From Van Gogh's Time to Ours: 122 Extraordinary Years. Jeanne Calment holds the (documented) record for living the longest. She was a remarkably independent French woman who lived life her way. She died in 1997 at age 122.
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The Future of Anti-Aging
- de Grey, Aubrey, & Rae, Michael. (2008). Ending Aging: The Rejuvenation Breakthroughs That Could Reverse Human Aging in Our Lifetime. de Grey is a serious scientist who is passionate about how he believes science soon will enable us to live forever.
- Giampapa, Vincent, Buechel, Fredrick, & Karatoprak, Ohan. (2007). This book discusses what vitamins, supplements, foods, and lifestyle factors they think turn on and turn off genes. I interviewed Dr. Giampapa on Ageless Lifestyles®. Free MP3.
- Kurzweil, Ray, & Grossman, Ray. (2009). Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever. Futurist/inventor Ray Kurzweil and anti-aging physician Ray Grossman give state of the art science practical steps people can take to improve health. They also make fascinating predictions about scientific advances that may lead to immortality. An MP3 interview with Dr. Grossman is part of this course.
- Fossel, Michael, Blackburn, Greta, & Woynarowski, Dave. (2010). The Immortality Edge: Realize the Secrets of Your Telomeres for a Longer, Healthier, Life. Fossel et al. describe how lengthening telomeres may overcome the Hayflick effect and how nutrition and lifestyle may influence telomeres. An MP3 interview with the author is part of this course. An MP3 interview with Dr. Fossel is part of this course.
TEDxWomen: Older People Are Happier
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- Dzugan, Sergey, & Rozakis, George. (2009). Your Blood Doesn't Lie. Dzugan and Rozakis present a comprehensive system of test-treat-test for diagnosing and treating hormonal, vitamin, and nutritional imbalances. They include many clinical examples. An MP3 interview with the authors is part of this course.
- Morgenataler, Abraham. (2009). Testosterone for life. Morgentaler provides a comprehensive explanation of male hormone supplementation. An MP3 interview with Dr. Morgentaler is part of this course.
- Wright, Jonathan, & Lenard, Lane. (2009). Stay Young and Sexy with Bioidentical Hormone Replacement. Dr. Wright is an iconoclast who has written the definitive book on bioidentical hormone replacement for women. An MP3 interview Dr. Wright is part of this course.
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- Friedman, Howard, & Martin, (2011). The Longevity Project. Building on the Terman study started in 1921, Friedman and Martin report on this premier longitudinal study. An MP3 interview with Dr. Martin is part of this course.
- Vaillant, George. (2003). Aging Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life from a Landmark Harvard Study of Adult Development. This report studies data from three longitudinal studies. It takes a more interpretative, somewhat psychoanalytic interpretation of the data.
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- Brown, Mark D. (2008). Conquer Back and Neck Pain: Walk It Off. While the title may sound lightweight, Dr. Brown is a top spine surgeon whose conservative advice is based on evidence based research and clinical practice. I interviewed Dr. Brown on Ageless Lifestyles®. Free MP3.
- Gahlinger, Paul. (2008). The Medical Tourism Travel Guide. While not discussed in the course, medical tourism is growing rapidly. Many medical and dental services are available in other countries at a fraction of what it costs in the US with state of the art facilities and highly trained physicians and dentists. Patients often combine the services with a vacation. It is especially economical for services not covered by insurance, e.g., cosmetic surgery and cosmetic dentistry. Some insurance companies are willing to pay for the services and the trip when it costs them less money than obtaining the services in the US. Gahlinger's book explains the medical tourism phenomenon, precautions, and then lists hundreds of facilities around the world including their services and prices. I interviewed Dr. Gahlinger on Ageless Lifestyles®. Free MP3. Check Amazon.com to see if he has a later edition and for other books on the subject. The Medical Tourism Association's website.
- Okner, Joel, & Clorfene, Jeremy. (2009). The No Bull Book on Heart Disease. The cardiologist and cardiac psychologist wrote this book so a lay audience could understand cardiovascular disease and its diagnostics and treatments. They place a lot of emphasis on the role of stress, nutrition, and lifestyle in cardiovascular disease. I interviewed the authors on Ageless Lifestyles®. Free MP3.
- Ozner, Michael. (2008). The Great American Heart Hoax. Ozner's evidence-based book challenges the overuse of cardiac treatments and surgery. An MP3 interview with Dr. Ozner is part of this course.
- Welch, H. Gilbert, Schwartz, L. M., & Woloshin, Steven. (2011). Overdiagnosed: Making People Sick in the Pursuit of Health. This evidence-based book challenges many conventional medical practices. An MP3 interview with Dr. Welch is part of this course.
- Sears, Al. (2004). The Doctor's Heart Cure. Sears is an iconoclast. He eschews aerobic exercise such as treadmills as not helpful and instead advocates all out sprints to increase "reserve capacity." He also eschews low fat diets and advocates lots of meat, eggs, etc.
- Zelicoff, Alan, & Bellomo, Michael. (2008). More Harm Than Good: What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Common Treatments and Procedures. Their book presents the evidenced-based data on diagnostic and treatment procedures. I interviewed Dr Zelicoff on Ageless Lifestyles®. Free MP3.
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- Sears, Barry. (2008). Toxic fat. Biochemist Barry Sears has done exhaustive research on blood sugar levels, weight loss and how inflammation is a common denominator of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cardiovascular, arthritis, etc. I interviewed Dr Sears on Ageless Lifestyles®. His Zone diet is basically a Mediterranean diet with particular emphasis on managing blood sugar levels and inflammation. Free MP3.
- Yager, Susan. (2010). The Hundred Year Diet. The book traces the US history of diets over the last 100+ years in an effort to separate substance from tangents and charlatanism. An MP3 interview with the author is part of this course
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- Brickey, Michael. (2004). 52 baby steps to Grow Young. The book, which was a Finalist in the Fresh Voices and the Best Books Awards and endorsed by six past presidents of the American Psychological Association, gives two-page-a-week advice and humor on living longer, healthier, and happier.
- Brickey, Michael. (2005). Reversing Aging: Hypnotic Journeys to Ageless Lifestyles. This is a unique set of six anti-aging hypnosis CDs. It is only available at DrBrickey.com.
- Buettner, Dan. (2008). The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest. Buettner travels to countries with the highest longevity rates. He interviews seniors there and longevity experts.
- Snowdon, David. (2002). Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us about Living Longer, Healthier, More Meaningful Lives. Psychologist David Snowdon obtained permission to study and do psychological testing with nuns in a convent. This is a unique study as their environment was very similar for all the subjects. The nuns even consented to brain autopsies after their deaths to look for Alzheimer's and other factors in their cognitive functioning.
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