Why Do We Decide to Delay Gratification?


Researchers have identified parts of the brain that are involved in deciding to delay gratification.

In a paper recently published in the European Journal of Neuroscience,  researchers from McGill University, in Montreal, demonstrated that the hippocampus (associated with memory) and the nucleus accumbens (associated with pleasure) work together in making decisions of this type.

Learning about Long-Term Care

Financial planning for later years means allocating not only for routine expenses and activities but also for the cost of care when you can no longer live independently. But although this a crucial part of financial planning, many people just aren’t doing it, according to the Harvard Health Letter.

Even a Little Weekly Physical Activity Goes a Long Way for over 60s

Just a little moderate to vigorous physical activity, even below the recommended amount every week, still seems to curb the risk of death among the over 60s. That’s the what an analysis of the available evidence published online in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in August 2015 suggests. The Study was done at

Alzheimer’s Patients & Caregivers Prefer Support over Research for Cure

More than $100 million in federal funding was spent last year toward searching for a cure for Alzheimer's disease. However, if given the choice, most people with dementia and those caring for them would like to see the money go elsewhere, according to a recent study led by University at Buffalo researcher Davina Porock and published in August 2015 in published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing.

Solve the Medical Riddle: One Side of Her Face Suddenly Drooped and She Couldn’t Smile or Close Her Eye, Fourth Week

By Marie Savard MD

Editor’s note: Welcome to our ThirdAge feature that gives you a chance to play medical sleuth as we share the details of what happened when a patient presented with a problem that stumped the physician at first.

The first week of this riddle, the patient reported her symptoms to her PCP. The doctor gave her a complete examination using the components of the classic S-O-A-P notes, which are as follows:


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