Those golden years do have their perks! We’ve learned a lot over the course of our years, and that, “crystalized intelligence” just keeps getting better between 65 and 70. (even though we forget stuff a lot).
Those older people are probably getting more agreeable as they age, at least through the 60’s, and are less inclined towards anger and more likely to be happier. This still hasn’t been figured out by the scientists, but they have some theories. It’s thought that the older people might be able to control their emotions better and more able to focus on how to make the most out of life.
Those of us that are in that 40 bracket, more than any other time in our lives, are more in tune with other people’s emotions. We have insight into how others think and feel and can make living with your loved ones easier and this makes it easier to get along better with coworkers as well.
Now, hair is another matter in the elderly. How can that hair show up in that place? Those older men get large hairs in their noses and ears and the women may notice small hairs on their chins. Those good old hormones at work again!
We older women may have sex less often but we apparently make it count. A study was done of women 40 and over and the researchers found that sexual satisfaction improved with age. The women over 80 were more likely to say they were satisfied during sex than those 55 to 79. That’s something to look forward to, huh?
Do not retire early unless you have a fun second career or hobby. The Longevity Project study found that those who work hard at a job they enjoy, live the longest. So, with good friends and a good marriage, we might have the key to sticking around a while. Whether it be a hobby, family, traveling or whatever tweaks your interest, these activities might well help you feel better, keep you entertained and extend your life in a satisfying way.
But, that awful gravity takes it toll on our body. This is because the spaces between the bones in your spine (vertebrae) get closer together. As you get older this will leave you about one inch shorter. And what about that hanging fat on the arms and legs? Horrors!!
Of course the brighter side is that now we feel ready to retire, we can enjoy those things we never had time for. So get out there, pick up that time consuming hobby you set aside or jump in that motorhome and tour to those places you never had the time for before. Of course, at the top of the list is enjoying those grandkids and great grandkids!!
-Dr Fredda Branyon