Seek support: A support network of friends and family is essential for maintaining mental and emotional wellbeing, especially as you age. Social support provides a stalwart shield against disease-causing stress of all kinds.
Tame tension: Whether it’s taking a walk, practicing yoga or reading a book, make sure to regularly engage in activities that you find enjoyable. Taking a break from the pressure and strain of everyday life is essential for building your resilience reserves.
Manage depression: About one in ten American adults suffer from depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Women age 45-64 have a higher risk of developing the symptoms of depression, including: excessive fatigue, irritability, feeling hopeless, loss of interest in hobbies and suicidal tendencies. According to Jeste, recognizing and managing depression in adults is vitally important to maintaining good mental and physical health as you age. Consult with a doctor if you feel you or your loved one may be depressed.
The idea that some elements of aging are controllable is a positive one for Jeste, who is optimistic about the future of growing old in America.
“Over the next three decades, we will witness the largest increase in the number of people over age 65 in the history of mankind,” he says. “Our study suggests that an increasing number of these older adults can be productive and contribute to our society in many ways.”