Lesbian and bisexual women, many of whom hold less traditional gender beliefs about femininity and aging, may have fewer negative feelings about menopause.
This year’s annual MIDUS newsletter is about the many health benefits that have been associated with having a sense of purpose and meaning in life.
Those who had difficult childhoods may be more likely to experience depression as adults. This MIDUS study looked at whether having a sense of purpose in life can help avoid this outcome.
Staying physically active is associated with a lower likelihood of becoming disabled, however, this does not appear to be true for all older adults.
This MIDUS study found that although experiencing economic hardship during a recession can contribute to psychological distress, this likely outcome is less among those with a heightened sense of control.
Those who retire may be at risk for mental declines if they aren’t able to replace stimulating work environments with other mentally challenging activities after they retire.