Keeping Older Loved Ones Happier


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Older adults tend to be happier than most others. Why? Psychologists believe that cognitive processes are responsible—in particular, focusing on and remembering positive events and leaving behind negative ones; those processes, they think, help older people regulate their emotions, letting them view life in a sunnier light. “There is a lot of good theory about this age difference in happiness,” says psychologist Derek M. Isaacowitz, “but much of the research does not provide direct evidence” of the links between such phenomena and actual happiness.

Some psychologists believe that cognitive processes are responsible – in particular, focusing on and remembering positive events and leaving behind negative ones.

Other studies have discovered that as people age, they seek out situations that will lift their moods – for instance, pruning social circles of friends or acquaintances who might bring them down. Still other work finds that older adults learn to let go of loss and disappointment over underachieved goals, and their goals toward greater well-being.

One thing is certain – nearly 90 percent of seniors would rather live in their own homes. Companionship, too, is one way to help seniors maintain their sunny dispositions. Learn more about our Home Instead Senior Care® support services – call us in the Mississauga ON area to ask about our senior home care services at 905- 276-2273.

Source: Psychologicalscience.org

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