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Jan 3 2018 | Forbes
Growing old is about two experiences - a period of time when people are active and happy, but also a period of loss, one that most people want to deny. Dr. Carstensen describes old people as 'perennials', like plants that blossom "again and again" if given proper care and support. She likes the...
Jan 3 2018 | The Nation
This opinion piece explores a term that may be used for aging seniors without being offensive, and quickly transitions into talking about the dark side of aging. It views death as a happy ending, 'the big sleep', and old age as just a precursor to the inevitable. Dr. Carstensen views aging more...
Jan 2 2018 | The Herald Sun
Despite a significant portion of our population being "older adults," there is a distinct lack of a term that doesn't have a negative connotation. Dr. Carstensen explores some possible alternatives, eventually settling on the term "perennial." This word implies the recurring blossoming that takes...
Dec 29 2017 | Care2
Research has shown that older people report being happier. As time horizons shrink, people internalize the limited nature of time.  This has been shown to change emotions in positive ways.  In this Ted Talk, Dr. Carstensen explores the implications of this phenomenon, as well as its possible...
Oct 4 2017 | Bloomberg
Best Buy is now providing a service called 'Assured Living', which builds smart homes for aging seniors with technology to track their daily routine, keep them fully equipped as well as directly in touch with their caregivers that may not live in the same house. Dr. Carstensen draws attention to...

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