Dawn C. Carr

Exploring ways to facilitate healthy and active aging

In the Media

Quoted/Interviewed By The Media


The one thing doctors must do before retirement

Brains age better among retirees with complex jobs

Jealous of your kid’s success? Try these envy-reduction techniques

Older immigrants living in US more satisfied with life than native-born counterparts

Immigrants to the US are happier later in life than natives — despite generally being worse off financially

Older immigrants living in U.S. more satisfied with life than native-born counterparts

Study: Older Immigrants Happier, More Satisfied With Life Than Native-Born Americans

No, Delaying Retirement Won’t Cause You To Die Sooner

Takeaways from Tallahassee — Another Nole degree for Bense

Plenty search for and still find relevancy in older age



FSU researchers find low resilience puts men at risk for depression

Low resilience puts men at risk for depression

FSU researchers pursue the truth about cats, dogs and older adults

Volunteering 2 hours a week can help ease loneliness, study finds

Relevant at 64? Seniors need to stay active to be healthy and avert loneliness

Will We Still Be Relevant ‘When We’re 64’?

Physical Disability In Older Adults Reduced By Volunteering, Study Finds”

Grandparents getting tipsy at the holiday party? It’s a growing trend

Do Pets Really Improve the Health of Older Adults?

Human-Animal Interaction and Healthy Aging

8 Proven Ways to Look and Feel Younger

Platteville ‘Men’s Shed’ Hopes To Tackle Social Isolation For Older Men

Coping With Seasonal Sadness


“Lonely? Volunteering just two hours a week may help. Reuters.

“Want to live longer and better? Volunteer two hours a week. Lifetime Daily. 

“Does volunteering soften the blow of widowhood?” The Tallahassee Democrat.

“Five ways older Australians can embrace technology to redefine later life”The Conversation

“Weekly volunteer ‘may ease loneliness, isolation’ Times of Malta

“Pepper Institute Faculty elected as fellows of national aging society.” Florida State University News

“Extracurricular activities in youth tied to social engagement later in life” Reuters


“Study: Elders who use tech tools feel less lonely, more physically fit” Santa Cruz Sentinel / The Mercury News 

“Oldest adults may have much to gain from social technology, according to Stanford research” Stanford News

“FSU researcher: Plan ahead for successful aging”
Florida State University News

“Plan ahead for successful aging, researcher says.” Medical Xpress.

“Study: Volunteering, working come with hidden health benefits” Georgia State University News.

“My husband and I were a classic introvert-extrovert pair. Then we switched” Quartz

“Family Caregiving” Program and Policy Implications


“Tougher Than They Look.” New York Times.


Listen to an interview with Dawn Carr on Silver Alerts on National Public Radio, WVXU here.



“Silver Alert program questioned” The News-Herald

Read here


Popular Press Publications

Psychology Today

Carr, D.C. (2016). Why young people should care about aging. 
Carr, D.C. (2015). Whatever doesn’t kill you, will only make you stronger? 
Carr, D.C. (2015). Want to live longer? Make good friends. 
Carr, D.C. (2015). What it means to live a good life.
Carr, D.C.
(2014). Why we should all be more suspicious. 
Carr, D.C., (2014). Why you should stop worrying so much about what you eat.
Carr, D.C., (2014). Use it or lose it. 
Carr, D.C. (2014). 5 reasons why you should volunteer. 
Carr, D. C. (2014). Who cares what your “real age” is?

Spectrum Magazine

“You’re As Old As You Think: The number on your driver’s license is just a number.” Read here.
“The ties that bind: Spectrum communities help create important connections.”  Read here.
“Are your medical wishes up to date?Many states are changing regulations for advance directives.” Read here.
“Exercise made easy:It doesn’t take a fancy workout program to reap the benefits of a more active lifestyle.” Read here.
“Shades of grey and zones of blue.” Read here.
“Stay healthy, stay connected.” Read here.
“Deep dive into dementia care.” Read here.
“Staying sharp.” Read here.
“Thriving when we’re social:It turns out friends are more valuable than silver and gold.” Read here.
“Flex your creative muscles:Engaging your artistic side is a key to vitality.” Read here.
“You’re as old as you think.” Read here.
“The present is a gift:Don’t squander today longing for the past.” Read here.
“Doing good feels good:Your time and service is as valuable as ever.” Read here.
“On the move: One new and one veteran Spectrum team member exemplify the company’s core values of excellence and personal growth.” Read here.
“Get smart…or don’t:Do smartphones connect people or alienate them? That depends on who’s using them.” Read here.
“Distinguished Resident, His Honor: Distinguished resident Harold Moss has devoted his life to country, community and family.” Read here.



Carr, D. C. (2013). Embracing the Japanese approach to aging. Next Avenue
Carr, D. C. (2013). Why older minds make better decisions. Forbes