Aging is most frequently associated with declines, however, there are actually perks of getting older - some that you may not realize.
Though we may start to experience some cognitive decline there are areas of cognitive functions that not only stay in tact but also thrive as we get older.
Even though we may start to experience certain declines in our cognitive mechanics, namely speed of thought, we have enough wisdom to compensate for lack of speed and are able to face more difficult problems with ease.
Our crystallized intelligence, refers to the knowledge we have gained and mastered. This continues to grow as we get older and we become more apt to using this knowledge in creative ways.
With more experience also comes less stress and the ability to emotionally deal with difficult decisions.
People in their 60's and older report to have less stress compared to their younger counter parts and have more confidence within themselves.
The longer we have with ourselves, the more comfortable we become, and the less worry we have about impresses others.
Many older adults also report being happier and having a more positive outlook on life - this trend does tend to reverse direction as we reach our 80's and beyond, but much of that has to do with disease.
So, the bottom-line is, if you can keep yourself healthy - old age may be something to TRULY LOOK FORWARD TO!
Span, P. (2010, August 30) Aging’s Misunderstood Virtues. Retrieved from www.nytimes.com
Zelinski, E. M., Dalton, S. E., & Hindin S. (2011) Cognitive Changes in Healthy Older Adults. Journal of American Society on Aging. 35(2). 13-20