While many people look at aging with doom and gloom, I’ve always looked forward to the possibilities aging provides. Having spent much of my professional career with retirees has informed this process. They bring a wealth of experiences and often a “enjoy the day” approach to their lives. Many of them pursue their passions and continue to fill their days with love and learning. It appears happiness may come with age. A recent study published online May 17 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows enjoyment and happiness increase from age 50 until age 75 then decreasing slightly but not decreasing to age 50 levels.
For those fearful of memory loss, realize research efforts continue. While a cure or vaccine has not been found, management efforts continue. As a music therapist I am often amazed how those engaged in music can seem to unlock portions of their memories. A recent article in the Kansas City Star highlighted this along with some music application efforts. Please look at this article then share your thoughts about aging.