This may be an American study but I’ve highlighted it here because I think it rings true in the UK too – well, at least in the many instances I’ve experienced firsthand.
The study suggests that the older people get, the more likely they are to recall happy, more positive experiences and seek out situations which lift their mood http://www.cardi.ie/news/wegethappierwithagebutwhy?utm_source=dlvr.it&ut_medium=twitter
While the UK media seem to continually paint a bleak picture of the elder generation, reduced to a wintry existence of loneliness and hardship – I just wanted to draw your attention to other parts of this generational spectrum.
The side of the spectrum where the generation has more friends than it can possibly ever get round to meeting up with; a list of engagements and social activities which means it never gets time to catch up with its favourite TV programmes; a generation who Skype family and friends around the world to keep in touch; a generation which doesn’t have time to sit and dwell – there’s too much to do and not enough time to do it in!
It doesn’t necessarily revolve around wealth or health – this generation, whatever their circumstances, do essentially share a common theme in my opinion – to get the most out of life and enjoy a relatively ‘happy’ existence.
This is my impression after spending many years working within the retirement village sector. I have virtually daily experience of this attitude to old age – and it’s inspiring to say the least.
Before the media paints the entire older generation in grey perhaps they should pay a visit to one or two of our retirement villages where they will find plenty of life, colour and smiling, happy people. I would welcome a visit!
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