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Ageing can be socially "satisfying"

Ageing can be socially
17th June 2008

New research has asserted that ageing can be socially "satisfying".

A team from the University of Queensland examined the link between people's age and their social satisfaction found that, while younger adults engage in more social activities, older adults are more satisfied with their social lives.

Adults aged between 66 and 99-years-old and between 18 and 30-years-old were studied during the course of the research.

The researchers attributed the difference in satisfaction levels to how the different age groups perceive their social activities.

"Our research suggests that if a young person and an old person have the same experience, the older adult is likely to find it more uplifting," commented professor Bill Von Hippel.

"Older adults appear to see the good things in life more easily and are less likely to be upset by the little things that go wrong."

He added that as a result an elderly person's daily activities will bring them more happiness than a younger individual's.

Recent research from the Southern California Permanente Medical Group highlighted that an active social life can help elderly women maintain their memories and lower their risk of dementia.

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