The U-Bend

In the last two decades, economists and other social scientists found a fascinating pattern when they studied well-being and satisfaction with life across the lifespan. These studies have become known as the “U-bend” research…  Read more

Lighter As We Go

Lighter as We Go is succinct, nontechnical, funny and wise—but especially wise. It clearly ranks as one of the best books on ageing that even the most sophisticated student is likely ever to read.”
– George E. Vaillant M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

“I say go right now, no matter your age, and get Lighter As We Go because it is the last word on the subject of growing older and living well with it… This book will help you see the rewards you haven’t even thought about.”
– Liz Smith, Newspaper Columnist still working at 91

The fears of aging have been one long cascading domino effect through the years: twenty year-olds dread thirty; forty year-olds fear fifty; sixty fears seventy, and so it goes. And there is something to worry about, though it isn’t what you’d expect: research shows that having a bad attitude toward aging when we’re young is associated with poorer health when we’re older. Read more

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Jimmie and Mindy talk about the art of traveling light over the years.

Meet The Authors

Jimmie Holland, MD, psychiatrist,  has been a pioneer in the effort to improve the psychological care of patients with cancer around the world.  In fact, because of this, she is called the “mother of psycho-oncology.” Years of speaking to patients of all ages at Memorial Sloan-Kettering … Read more
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Mindy Greenstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and psycho-oncologist, as well as a writer, mother, and fellow cancer patient. She is a consultant to the geriatric group in the Department of Psychiatry at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where she has also been a chief clinical… Read more