We often hear on the news and from family members about the challenges of aging, but if we view the aging process as a cup more than half full, we understand why it’s called the Golden Years. Excluding senior discounts, here are HomeLife Partners’ top aging traits for seniors to brag about.
Wisdom – Seniors have seen enough of life to know they don’t know everything (although they usually won’t admit it). They have also endured plenty of valuable, real-life experiences that either replace or confirm old adages, helping them understand what’s most important to them.
Worrying Less – According to Gallup’s 2009 telephone interviews among 650,000 individuals, worry drastically declines for seniors compared to younger adults. The study showed the reduction of worry and stress did not result from retirement or lack of children to take care of. After all, seniors know what matters to them, and simply don’t care about what doesn’t matter.
Social Satisfaction – In recent years, long life and good health have been associated with strong social livelihood and lasting marriages, but more often we hear that seniors commonly suffer from loneliness. Fortunately aging does not equate to loneliness, in fact it’s quite the opposite. The Center on Aging Studies of the University of Missouri-Kansas City states, “In the United States, the loneliest people are adolescents and young adults. Loneliness actually declines with age – at least until people are well into the later stages of old age, when it may begin to increase.” Elderly individuals are more comfortable with themselves and hold fewer, but highly valuable relationships.
Time on their Hands – For this generation of retirees, there is plenty of time to relax, travel, spend time with friends and family, play with grandchildren, reading, watching television, surfing the internet, and the list goes on. Those in good health often give back to the community through volunteer programs or care for members of the family.
Most seniors will tell you that growing old isn’t for sissies, but everyone can take bits and pieces of the four traits mentioned above and call it their own. The key to health is often linked to our outlook on life, so counting our blessings daily will help maintain that positive perspective that will improve overall health, even for seniors.
Frank Newport and Brett Pelham, “Don’t Worry, Be 80: Worry and Stress Decline With Age,” Gallup,
Liz Kendall, “Relationships,” Successful Aging, University of Missouri-Kansas City,