Yes, You Get Wiser with Age - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus
Successful aging mainly refers to better well-being, greater happiness, and not just arriving at old age, but thriving and even flourishing.
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Some things do get better with age: the ability to make decisions, control emotions, and have compassion for others.
The challenge to aging well is to be an optimist, resilient and pro-active, allowing the benefits of age to shine through.
...is a balance between cognition and emotion.
It’s a balance between selfishness and prosocial behavior. It’s a balance between the things that are helpful to you and the things that you should do because they are good things to do for societal survival.
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In older age, there is more stress caused by problems like physical illness, the deaths of dear ones, financial problems, retirement, and loss of a sense of purpose.
What matters is how you respond to that stress. With age, although there is a decline in physical health and cognitive function, psychosocial functioning progressively improves. Older people handle stress much better than someone in their 20s and 30s.
Studies have shown that older people are better able to control their emotions; they know themselves better, make better decisions that require experience, and have more compassion and empathy toward other people.
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Most aspects of mental processing slow down as we age. While we continue to accumulate knowledge of the world at a slower rate, we gain more experience that increases our wisdom.
Researchers disagree in their hypotheses about how our minds tend to get worse with age. What can be observed is the following:
However, older people seem to be better at emotional regulation.
Some people seem to age mostly with minds intact and others notice dramatic slowdowns. The brain appears to have a lot of redundancy built-in - known as cognitive reserve.
Education seems to have a protective effect on aging, possibly because education contributes to cognitive reserve.
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Living longer creates more complexity in our relationships. What should we be doing for the next few decades?
Accept the complexity of an increased life span as a wonderful challenge.
Even though our bodies deteriorate and impede our abilities with age, our brains continue to function well. The brain continues to form new connections and create new cells. It is our self-imposed limits that hold us back, not the capacity of our brain.
A study revealed that a positive attitude had a greater impact on survival. Positive people outlived negative people by an average of seven and a half years.
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