With a large number of the U.S. population aging into seniorhood, many scientists complete studies to provide perspective and new information on this demographic. One such study, published in the journal of Psychological Science, scientists chose a sample of various people from young to old and used fMRI machines to monitor their brain. The participants of this study were then shown various pictures, some negative, such as a car crash, and others neutral, such as a building, before being asked to recall and list some of those pictures. The scientists soon found something interesting: the older participants recalled less negative pictures than the younger participants, suggesting that the older participants maintained a higher sense of emotional well-being that the younger participants did not have. Similarly, the scans of their brains showed that the older participants responded with higher “emotional regulation”* with regards to the negative images.
Peggy St. Jacques, who is a professor of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, was one of the authors of the study and quoted, “emotional well-being seems to be one area where older adults actually show improvements rather than decline.”*
So there it is! As we age, our emotional health may greatly improve, which affects many other areas of life. There are certainly many other aspects of life that are requirements to lead to happy, healthy senior living as well. If you are hoping to improve your senior living, Tealridge Assisted Living and Memory Care can help! Contact us here.