The well-being paradox in old age
The paraxod of well-being in old age
Aging is a natural process common to all human beings. The
physical, psychological and social changes caused by advancing age
are usually associated with a period of readaptation. The interpretation of this
process occurs as a paradox as aging can bring losses, declines and limitations, but it also arises through satisfaction with life,
positive affects, redirection towards a life with purpose and quality of life.
Studies show that the success of longevity is not only in the genes, which
concentrate only 25% of this responsibility, but in social interactions. Having
people to count on, making daily exchanges with people known and
unknown, sharing thoughts and feelings, are the strongest
indicators regarding how long we will live. The emotional health of the elderly is closely
related to their support network and relationships.
Aging is not a choice, but the look we have on it, yes. To promote positive
aging is not to deny the difficulties of this phase, but to consider the
individual strengths of each individual, the skills, maturity and experience acquired throughout life and use them wise way. Accept what old age has in store for us and seek healthy strategies to experience this period with well-being.
Everyone will grow old, but not everyone will grow old in the same way! Choose
to grow old with emotional health, with relationships and with meaning!
Text written by Psychologist Francine Guimarães Gonçalves, CRP 07/20757.