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Modifying Facets of Personality in Midlife to Promote Well-Being and Healthier Aging

On June 9-10, 2016, the National Institute on Aging Division of Behavioral and Social Research held a workshop to discuss the potential promise of modifying facets of personality to promote well-being and healthier aging. Invited speakers included experts in personality and aging, behavioral treatment research, and behavioral interventions for healthy aging. The workshop was organized in four major sessions: 1) Personality and Healthy Aging; 2) The NIH Stage Model of Behavioral Intervention Development; 3) Targeted, Mechanism-Focused Stage I Behavioral intervention Development; and 4) Revisiting the Stage Model with Technology. Upon adjournment of the meeting, there was consensus among the meeting participants that the field is well-poised to develop and adapt interventions to modify facets of personality to promote health aging. An agenda (PDF, 125K), list of participants (PDF, 73K), and meeting summary (PDF, 153K) are available.