A Look Into Older Adults’ State of Mind


“A 2016 study evaluating successful aging from ages 21 to 100 showed that mental health improved with increased age, contrary to the perceived stigma of ageism. ‘What we found was that with age the physical health declined, as expected, the cognitive function declines in later life, but the mental health improved with aging in the sense that people seem to get happier, more satisfied, less depressed, less stressed out, in later life than when they were younger,’ Jeste, co-senior author of the study, says. ‘Even people with mental illnesses can do better in later life if society helps them,’ Jeste says. ‘The problem is not so much biology; the problem is more what we provide as a society.’”

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