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The Upside of Aging

When you think of aging, what comes to mind? In the United States, there is unfortunately a common perception that aging equals decline. Of course, certain changes are inevitable as we grow older but there is also a bright side to aging.

For example, The Journals of Gerontology recently studied levels of emotional wellness, comparing Baby Boomers/Generation X members to younger participants. Results showed that older age is associated with higher emotional resilience, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. That isn’t to say older people didn’t feel stressed during the pandemic, but they were better able to “mentally reframe” the situation. According to the study, younger and middle-aged adults expressed greater concerns about emotional well-being, finances, and work. It seems that life experiences can give us the knowledge that “this too, shall pass.”

Similarly, a University of Michigan study gave “Dear Abby” letters to 200 participants ranging in age and found that subjects in their 60s were better able to imagine different points of view, think of multiple resolutions, and suggest compromises.

September is Healthy Aging Month, making it a perfect time to rethink aging. It’s also a perfect time to take steps to ensure that you’re on track to live a long, healthy life. Here are some tips:

  • Maintain regular physical check-ups and be proactive about your health
  • Get regular exercise and fresh air
  • Participate in activities that bring you joy
  • Stay connected with friends, family, and social groups

Happy, healthy aging from Insights.

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