Mental quality of life improves with age

A person's mental quality of life improves with age, new research has suggested. Led by Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick, the study revealed growing older and putting on weight are not necessarily linked to a reduction in mental wellbeing.

The investigation showed that despite older people experiencing a decrease from a physical perspective, they feel their quality of life from a mental point of view improves.

Dr Saverio Stranges, leader of the study, described the findings as interesting, claiming older people may develop better coping abilities.

He observed younger individuals might lack the internal mechanisms needed in order to cope with negative circumstances and hardship.

"It could also be due to a lowering of expectations from life, with older people less likely to put pressure on themselves in the personal and professional spheres," the expert - who has also held the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine in the School of Public Health at the State University of New York in Buffalo - went on to point out.

Professor Ian Stuart-Hamilton from the University of Glamorgan, a Chartered Psychologist, commented: "This is an interesting piece of research that puts a positive light on ageing, which is too often seen as being unremitting doom, gloom and decay."