Archive for June, 2006
Yes…this is one of my rare cross postings (also posted on Healthy Aging For Women), but I felt this was important.
Have you heard of Inflammatory Breast Cancer? Even if you have…make sure you watch this video.
Depending on where you are in the world, today is the first day of summer or winter. For me, it is the first day of summer and one of my favorite days of the year - it’s the longest! Being fairly far north, it is light until almost 10pm…I love this time for year because of this.
I’ll be very busy this summer - in fact, I’ve been swamped which is why I’ve been fairly quiet the past few months. August 1st I’m opening my own primary care practice/clinic. I never thought I would do this, but the need is great is my community and the support has been tremendous.
Of course it leaves little time for my favorite summer activities, but I plan to get in as many of them as I can. This weekend marks some of the lowest tides of the year. You’ll find me crawling among the tide pools taking pictures and just looking on in awe.
What are your summer plans?
With Age Comes Wisdom… and Happiness
FRIDAY, June 16 (HealthDay News) — If you’re happy and you know it, chances are you’re no whippersnapper. That’s the upshot of a new Internet survey that found senior citizens report being happier than younger people.
The findings contradict the common assumption that happiness declines with age, said study lead author Heather Pond Lacey, a postdoctoral fellow at the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System in Michigan. “In our culture, we think of old age as a time of helplessness, disability, loneliness and isolation,” she said, “none of which are necessarily true.”
Using an online survey, Lacey and her colleagues asked 542 people about their level of contentedness. Of those, 273 were aged 21 to 40 and 269 were between 60 and 86. Ten percent were black, another 10 percent were Hispanic, and about half were women.
On a 1-to-10 scale, with 10 representing the highest level of happiness, the younger group reported an average happiness level of 6.65, while the older group stood at 7.32.
The results appear in the June 2006 issue of the Journal of Happiness Studies, which focuses on the field of “positive psychology.”
Curiously, neither age group had a good grasp of the other group’s happiness level. The younger group underestimated the happiness of 70-year-olds, saying they’d only register 6.19 on the scale. And the older group thought 30-year-olds would be happier, at 7.65.
Also, both groups assumed happiness levels would decline over time. “People were imagining that that happiness has a decreasing trajectory, when actually we see the opposite pattern,” Lacey said.
The study didn’t examine why happiness levels rise over a lifetime, but Lacey speculated it may have something to do with greater appreciation of life in general. “We also seem to get better at managing our moods — the ‘don’t-sweat-the-small-stuff’ kind of idea,” she said.
Lacey acknowledged, however, that the survey only included Internet users, potentially leaving out older people who may be too sick or anti-social to take part.
“That’s a very real problem, something we worried about,” Lacey said. However, she noted that other studies have also shown that many people tend to be happier as they grow older.
Dr. James S. Goodwin, director of the Sealy Center on Aging at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, complimented the study, and said most younger people do indeed have “very strange views” about aging.
“But I’m not sure we should be that concerned about that,” he said. “It’s a fairly harmless bias, as biases go. They will figure it out eventually.”
As we get older, we begin to think of our living situation…for ourselves and for our parents. No one WANTS to eventually end up living with others, yet living or being around family memebers and/or close friends far outweights the possibility of moving into an asissted living type of home or a nursing home.
More and more, people are making choices to remodel their homes so that Mom and Dad can live at home longer. See what others are doing? Does it spark any ideas for you? If not about your parents, what about for yourself?
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