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Investigating our fear of old age

Age brings intelligence, experience, wisdom and beauty. So why are we so scared of it?


There is, of course, the inescapable fact that the elderly remind us of our own mortality as well as that of our nearest and dearest. We are frightened of becoming weak and needy, of losing our minds and our mobility, so we avert our eyes – a recent survey from the Disabled Living Foundation revealed that two-thirds of us dread becoming a burden on family and friends, while three in four are scared of illness in old age. The irony is that research has shown that those who have a positive view of ageing actually stay healthier longer.


Research in the journal Perspectives On Psychological Science this year has actually shown that we get happier as we get older – when we move from middle to old age, we focus on positive events and filter out bad ones, plus we cope with a negative event by shrugging it off and moving on. So instead of gasping at every grey hair, we should learn to celebrate age, experience and the innate self-confidence that comes with it, to see it as a new stage of life rather than the slow march towards the end of it.


Entire Article: http://www.stylist.co.uk/life/why-we-are-scared-of-growing-old

It was an interesting read. But I liked the comments above. Positive thinking goes a long way, so start thinking positive now!

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This is also VERY encouraging - He also mentions the Bible in this video. This is part 1 of 3 interviews.

He is now over 110 years old and lives in Arizona - Amazing!!

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Thank you, Bob for this article.

I admitted another comment, not much positive, but realistic

we still inhabit a ‘display culture’ which measures a woman’s worth by youth. So as women lose this, they become overlooked.

It really takes a lot of efforts to think differently. :(

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