Thirteen Things No One Tells You About Aging
Lots of Know-How
They’re called the golden years for a reason. Getting older has its perks. For one, you’re good at using what you’ve learned. This is called crystalized intelligence, and it keeps getting better, even when you’re 65 or 70.
Mr. Nice Guy
Turns out you might not be a grumpy old man (or woman), after all. You’ll probably get more agreeable as you age, at least through your 60s. You’re also likely to be happier and less inclined to get angry.
Play Well With Others
You’re more in tune with other people’s emotions in your 40s than at any other time in your life. That insight into how others think and feel can make living with your loved ones easier and help you get along better with your coworkers, too.
Older women may have sex less often than when they were younger, but apparently they make it count. In a study of women 40 and over, researchers found that sexual satisfaction improved with age. Women over 80 were more likely than those between 55 and 79 to say they were satisfied during sex.
A Taste for Life
As you age, medications, illness (colds, flu, gum diseases, etc.) and allergies all can change your sense of smell and taste. And that can affect your diet and health. If you find things need to be spiced up, try some olive oil, herbs like rosemary and thyme, garlic, onion, peppers, or mustard.
Rise And Shine
There’s a good chance you’ll become the morning person you’ve always wanted to be — in your 60s. Our sleeping patterns can shift as we age, so we get sleepier earlier and wake up earlier.
Once you hit your 70s, those migraines you may have had much of your life may go away. Only 10% of women and 5% of men over 70 still report migraines.
Don’t Quit Your Day Job
Early retirement might not be the best thing for your health — unless you have a fun second career. A study called the Longevity Project found that people who work hard at a job they enjoy live the longest.
Fear Is Not Your Friend
You may worry more about breaking bones as you age. But you’re more likely to take a tumble if you’re scared of falling. One study found that about a third of adults over 65 have that fear.
Self-esteem soars as you age, studies show, and increases with wealth, education, good health, and employment. But it takes a dip after 60.
Baby boomers and older adults report less stress than their younger counterparts, according to the American Psychological Association’s annual Stress in America report. .
Weight of the World
The longer you’re alive, the more gravity brings you down. The spaces between the bones in your spine — called vertebrae — get closer together.
Strength in Numbers
The graying of America may be a good thing for you. Those 60 and over tend to cast ballots more than any other age group. And they’re the fastest-growing block of voters in the U.S. these days.