While many of us are afraid of growing older, it’s now proven that aging leads people to feel more satisfied with their lives.
Growing older might mean your body becomes less and less in shape, however, your mental status may improve as you age.
Growing Old Isn’t the End
“When we think of old age, we often think of decline and loss,” Claudia Haase, a professor of social policy at Northwestern and one of the study’s authors, said in a statement. “But a growing body of research shows that some things actually get better as we age.”
Buffalo University and Northwestern have both performed studies on this phenomena, and the surprising information they found was that older people tend to trust others more, leading to more happiness and well-being. “Trust may benefit well-being because a sense of trust in other people allows us to derive support, comfort, and pleasure from our social relationships,” Haase said. “People who trust more are also happier. Moreover, our study shows that people who trust more are not only happier today, but they also experience increases in happiness over time.”
Maintaining Goals — Don’t Give Up!
Andrea Brandt, Ph.D., says that one of the key things to keep in mind as you age past 50, 60, or 70, is to maintain one’s goals. While many believe that being elderly is like being in the waiting room for death, that is simply not true.
Making sure that life post-retirement is one that is not full of leisure is the key to maintaining happiness. Making sure you keep goals, work objectives, and personal projects at the forefront have been proven to be one of the keys to happiness.
Social exercise keeps the mind happy and healthy. Going out to meet new people and be stimulated mentally well into being elderly has been shown to improve mental health. Regular social interaction can help someone feel a part of a community and worthwhile. Isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness and despair.
Social Events at NADHC
At Nevada Adult Day Healthcare Centers in Las Vegas, Nevada, we know the importance of social interaction to promote health and well-being in our adult care clients. We strive to build a trusting and friendly relationship with our clients, and we hope that they will build those same relationships with each other.
We host regular parties for holidays like Halloween, Christmas and even Chinese New Year. We love to socialize and interact with our clients and throwing a party is a great way to do this! By doing social interaction activities throughout the day, we build trust and friendship with each other.
Learn why we’re the best in adult care in the Las Vegas Area. Visit our programs page to see our list of programs available or call 702-319-4600.