A pencil-thin waist may be a distant memory, while climbing the stairs feels more like a mountain. But with every year we age we become happier, new research suggests. Despite physical decline, we see a constant improvement in our mental health over a lifetime, the study found. In fact, our 20s and 30s are actually the most stressful decades of our lives. The study's author, Professor Jeste of the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, said: 'This "fountain of youth" period is associated with far worse levels of psychological well-being than any other period of adulthood.'
Aging gets a bad rap. But disease, decline and discomfort is far from the whole story. Dilip Jeste, professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at UC San Diego and director of the UCSD Center for Healthy Aging, is challenging us to take another look. In conversation with Nautilus, Jeste points out that some things get better with age, like the ability to make decisions, control emotions, and have compassion for others--in other words, we get wiser with age. The challenge to aging well, he argues, is to be optimist, resilient and pro-active, allowing the benefits of age to shine through.
Tens of millions of adults are chronically lonely, which has deleterious impacts on aging. A new national campaign rolling out on Wednesday aims to raise awareness of a hidden but devastating complication of aging: loneliness. Tens of millions of adults are chronically lonely. And a growing body of research has linked that isolation to disability, cognitive decline, and early death. The first-of-its kind campaign, organized by the AARP Foundation and the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, aims to help seniors assess their social connectedness and suggest practical ways they can forge bonds with other people.
The physical benefits of swimming are obvious in athletes like 23-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps. Toned muscles, muscle strength, and a well-sculpted physique describe a "swimmer's body." However, there is one characteristic most swimmers possess that we can't see: better brain health. It's no surprise aerobic exercise is not only good for the heart, but also good for the brain. It improves brain function, and also helps repair damaged brain cells.
Taking a pay cut in your 30s could put you at risk of memory loss and poor brain function in middle age, research suggests. Scientists assessed how changes in salary affected the brain health of more than 3,000 US adults. The 20-year study began in 1990, and followed the participants through the Great Recession, a period of economic instability across the world. Results showed volunteers whose pay had been slashed at least once over the two decades performed worse on cognitive tests. The French researchers claim the impact of a pay cut on brain health was three times greater than that of one year of natural ageing.