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Growing Old with Glee

Posted Friday, May 2, 2008

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Growing Old with Glee The secret to happiness could be growing old. A new study shows that Americans grow happier as they age. What connection do aging, health and happiness have? Another study indicates the stereotype of the isolated elerly is more myth than fact. Seniors are more socially connected than those in middle age. Elderly folks have fewer intimate relationships but they’re more likely to volunteer, go to church and and spend time with their neighbors than people in their 50s. Happiness and aging ... Friday at 9 on the Sound of Ideas


Mental Health, Aging/The Elderly


Benjamin Cornwell, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center on Demographics and Economics of Aging, University of Chicago and study author
Michael McKee, Psychologist, Cleveland Clinic
Joy Banish, Executive Director, RSVP of Greater Cleveland

Additional Information

To read the original study on happiness and aging click here.
More on Ben Cornwell's study on social connectedness is here.

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