Magazine article Work & Family Life

Studies Cite the Good Things about Aging

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Studies Cite the Good Things about Aging

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Consumer Reports on Health has summarized the findings from a number of recent studies with older people. They show the following:

1. Feelings of anger, stress and worry become less common. People in their 70s and 80s are less troubled by negative emotions. Feelings of happiness, appreciation and well-being also grow. Simply put: older people are more likely to stop and smell the roses.

2. Wisdom grows. The brain can hold on to its experiencebased knowledge. So while memory may decline, wisdom doesn't seem to. Researchers have found older people to be more understanding of the uncertainty and limits of knowledge as well as the need for conflict resolution and compromise.

3. Marriages get healthier. Older married people report more satisfaction with their mates than younger couples do. Marital arguments involve less anger. And happily married older people also report closer friendships and better quality ties with their children. …

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