Benefits of Aging: The Positives of Growing Older

Senior couple having fun riding motor scooter.
Top home health agency in Los Angeles explains how seniors are happier than society would lead you to believe.

A quick Google search for the term “aging” brings up topics such as “coping with aging,” “what you can do about aging,” as well as “the cure to aging.” The negative connotations to aging are, unfortunately, so ingrained in our society that it is expected that by 2021, we’ll be spending over $300 billion in anti-aging services and products.

Even though it’s not hard to get caught up in the issues that could be realized in getting older – health concerns, the death of family and friends, and cognitive issues – what’s becoming lost in the shuffle are the incredible benefits of aging. Consider, for instance:

  • A recent report by Stony Brook University found that senior loved ones are more content overall, with reportedly declining feelings of anger and stress in later years.
  • Socialization and conflict resolution skills are superior in old age, based on research conducted by the University of Michigan.
  • In a game geared to trigger and examine regret, seniors outperformed their younger counterparts with their capacity to handle emotions.
  • And according to Cornell sociologist Karl Pillemer who interviewed 1,200 elderly people, the opinion was that the past five or ten years were, in fact, the happiest of their lives. “Many people said something along these lines: ‘I wish I’d learned to enjoy life on a daily basis and enjoy the moment when I was in my 30s instead of my 60s,’” Pillemer shares.

Not only that, but retired adults have the opportunity to investigate and pursue hobbies and skills minus the time limitations of younger, employed adults, which could produce a revitalized zest for life, new social ties, and improved bonds with current friends and family.

JFS Care, an agency specializing in senior care in Santa Monica, helps emphasize the benefits of aging in many ways. Rather than merely coming in and carrying out tasks that a senior can no longer complete, we identify the person’s particular skills, empowering him or her to pursue new pursuits with the support of a friendly senior caregiver.

Whether it’s discovering a new skill or language, taking a visit to a long-desired destination, committing to get physically healthier, or whatever a senior’s goal, we’re on hand to provide motivation, transportation and accompaniment. Let our compassionate senior care team in Santa Monica help the senior you love thrive and enjoy life to the fullest.

Get in touch with JFS Care, providers of premium senior care in Santa Monica and surrounding areas, to learn how we can help your senior loved one identify and accomplish brand new dreams! Contact us today at (213) 383-2273 and ask about an in-home assessment to find out more. Click here to see our full service area.