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Grumpy Old Folks: Fact or Fiction?

By Lauren Robinson, 8:00 am on

Do humans get happier as they move into old age? If you ask most people, the answer is no. In an age in which youth is glorified and the most productive members of society enjoy the lion’s share of material rewards, the tendency is to think aging equals unhappiness – the gradual fading away of meaningful activity and the onset of sadness and loss.

Put this dreary concept to the test, however, and the picture of who is happy and who isn’t looks very different. In fact, the truth is just the opposite of what most people assume: old age is one of the best barometers of personal joy and satisfaction we have. This is not just an assumption. It’s a statistical fact, a persistent trend borne out in country after country. Happiness over the life cycle is a plain “U,” strongly indicating youth and old age are the happiest times of your life.

On a lifeline graph, the trend looks just like a smile: happiness bottoms out in your late 40s and early 50s, and things only get better from there on out. If you make it to your 70s and 80s, life satisfaction reaches a pleasant peak that most middle-aged individuals would envy. Why? Old age may be a good time to stop and smell the roses. Living in the present moment and appreciating life for what it is comes more naturally to the elderly. Doing so is certainly a boon for health and well-being.

Of course, everyone is different. We all have our own unique patterns and emotions to sort through at the end of our lives. But, other things being equal, it is much easier for older folks to find that sweet spot of overall satisfaction. For this reason, at Home Care Assistance of New Hampshire, we think that seniors have a lot to look forward to!

If you or an aging parent or loved one are entering your golden years and could use minimal assistance around the house, contact a Care Manager at 603-471-3004. We offer hourly care in New Hampshire, ideal for seniors who need a little help with daily chores or companionship, and we also offer overnight and 24 hour care for additional safety and comfort. Call us today and schedule your free, in-home consultation and enjoy your 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond in the comfort of home.