7 powerful benefits to continued learning as an adult Getting older has its challenges. But how we take on these challenges defines them as positive or negative. A number of scientific studies over the years shows that a healthy mix of both physical and intellectual activity as we age helps us maintain our overall well-being.
Socially active older adults have slower rates of health decline As we get older, we are often confronted with a wide variety of age-related health problems that can affect our quality of life and significantly impacting on our overall well-being. In addition to the physical ailments, there are a number of emotional and psychological concerns
Study shows that being stingy with money increases stress levels You may think being stingy is helping you save, but a recent study has shown that pinching the purse strings may actually affect our stress levels. The study was conducted by Queensland University of Technology, published in PLOS One, which found that stingy behavior increases
Over 60s become Facebook’s most passionate users Few people would have predicted that Over 60s would become some of social media’s most passionate users. But a study last year by Pew Research Center found that about one-third of all adults over the age of 65 years reported using social media. Additionally, they found that 62% of
Older adults benefit from social media more than the younger generation Many psychological studies have linked negative health impacts from increased social media use. Most of these studies attribute health impacts to the younger generation (Millennials, Gen X and Gen Z), however social media seems to have more of a positive effect for older adults.
Improving social connection and relationships through generosity Year after year, more studies are highlighting the benefits of generosity on both our physical and mental health. Not only does generosity reduce stress, support physical health, enhance sense of purpose, and naturally fight depression, it is also shown to increase one’s lifespan. If a longer, less stressful
Why volunteering positively contributes to happiness Why should volunteering have such positive effects? To date, the mechanisms of the volunteering-health relationship have been understudied, but there are a number of potential theories. One such explanation is that volunteering boosts social resources, which in turn has health implications. However, other theorists provide evidence that volunteering has
Five health benefits linked to adult colouring books Did you know that colouring has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus and bring more mindfulness? Ground-breaking research in 2005 proved anxiety levels dropped when subjects coloured mandalas, which are round frames with geometric patterns inside. In fact, psychiatrists have prescribed colouring to patients since the
7 reasons why you should join an online community If you are active online, you should consider joining an online community forum where you can discuss topical interests, news or politics with like-minded individuals. Whether you’re into gardening, hiking, motorcycles, birdwatching or painting, there’s a social group waiting for you. No matter what your hobby,
Why being social helps us to survive and thrive? Medical science is becoming increasingly aware of the impacts our emotional health has on our physical health, whereby such conditions as depression and loneliness are rightfully getting more attention. This is especially true as we age. With this in mind, researchers now realise that the social
16 ways to help combat loneliness and social isolation Studies show that acute loneliness and social isolation can impact gravely on wellbeing and quality of life, with demonstrable negative health effects. Being lonely has a significant and lasting negative effect on blood pressure and is associated with depression (either as a cause or as a
9 daily habits of happy people over 60 It’s believed that 40% of our happiness is determined by how we think and behave in our daily life, and this is largely under our control. So factors such as how healthy, wealthy, or attractive we are don’t actually matter as much as you might think. The
How loneliness and isolation negatively affects your health It is estimated that among those aged over 65, between 5% -16% report loneliness and 12% feel isolated. Studies show that acute loneliness and social isolation can impact gravely on wellbeing and quality of life, with demonstrable negative health effects. Being lonely has a significant and lasting
11 reasons why you should be stretching after 60 You may think stretching is only for runners or athletes, but we all need to stretch in order to protect our mobility and independence. “A lot of people don’t understand that stretching has to happen on a regular basis, it should be daily,” says David Nolan,
Four ways to stay relaxed around stressful people Sometimes the negativity and unrealistic expectations of other people can derail your determination to include relaxation as a valuable part of your life. Don’t let that happen. Instead, consider the following suggestions to help you to remain relaxed around non-relaxed people. 1. Develop an invisible shield