It’s good to be mature
Have you noticed lately that everything in the media about older and retired people is so negative?
Headlines we have seen recently have declared that “Older people’s care costs are crippling the UK economy”, ”Young people can’t get on the housing ladder because older people have so much equity in property” and the current headline of choice, “1 in 4 older people will develop dementia”.
It’s enough to make anyone want to give up! So we thought we would buck the trend and instead have a look at the good things about growing older.
- Mature people have the confidence to speak their mind. When we were younger we were more worried about other people’s opinions, now we don’t give a damn!
- We no longer worry about silly, little things. We have learned what the important things in life are and we can help our children and grandchildren to have a more balanced perspective.
- We have learned to be happier in our own skin. Most of us have been through periods of self-doubt and concern that we don’t match up to other people’s ideals. Now we can relax and just be content with who we are.
- It is OK to be childish again. No, we’re not talking about going senile, we mean the fun of being able to play with grandchildren and acting the fool and not being worried about who is watching.
- We become less materialistic. Over the years we have wished that we could afford the latest car or new furniture; but now we are happy with what we have and have learned that family and friends are more important than owning things.
- If you are a house owner then you will probably have paid off the mortgage. It is reassuring to know that you do not have that debt hanging over you any more.
- Until we reach our early 70’s we get fewer colds. You may never have thought about it but researchers at the University of Queensland reckon that our body remembers fighting colds in earlier years and helps to make us less vulnerable to them.
- Sex can get better too. A study of the sexual activity and satisfaction of women in their 80s found that half still had orgasms ‘always’ or ‘most of the time’ during sex. Other studies have reached similarly striking conclusions – a survey of people over the age of 60 found that 74% of men and 70% of women reported a greater sexual satisfaction than when they were in their 40s.
- Last, but not least, we become less sweaty. Sweat glands shrink and become less numerous as people get older. Research shows that those in their 20s can expect to sweat more than those in their 50s and early 60s.