According to a national survey, the individual’s wellbeing rises as they approach their 70’s.
That happens in spite of at least one chronic illness affecting the people in the age group.
The participants of the research were asked to rate how relaxed, cheerful, confident and useful they felt in their 60’s and then once more at the age of 68 to 69.
Medical Research Council has so far tracked the wellbeing and health of 1,700 individuals from the time they were born.
The responses provided by those who were aged 60 to 64 were compared to their responses as they completed their seventh decade. It was found that an improvement happened in terms of their average wellbeing.
This is in line with the earlier findings that individuals in their 60s and 70s are more content with life than those in their 50s.
A recent UK research also found out that people aged 65 to 79 was the happiest age group.
Change as time passes
The programme leader at Medical Research Council lifelong health unit, Dr. Mai Stafford, said that the aspects causing the increase in wellbeing when people were in 60’s was not yet clear.
While expounding more on the findings, she said that for every one out of five, there was an increase in wellbeing. She also added that there was a smaller group that recorded a decline in as time passed.
The importance of this kind of study is that the change of individuals over time can be looked into.
The researchers are hopeful that the findings will of great help identifying the experiences that can improve the wellbeing of individuals in later life.
She explained that most individuals in their 60’s and 70’s prioritize social relationships as well as mental health.
At such an age you have already identified what is it that makes you happy and that which does not.
People may be living longer but there is a concern when it comes to poor health I old age.
Most participants in the survey reported that they at least had one chronic illness like diabetes, arthritis or hypertension.