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Ways We Improve with Age

A lot of people think of older age as a time of all-around decline and unrelenting complaints about aches, pains, and misfortune. Fortunately, that’s a misconception that is changing. Age brings with it a number of benefits. Here are just a few.

Softer, clearer skin. While sagging skin and wrinkles do occur, our sebaceous glands tend to produce less oil as we age, preventing acne and leaving our skin smooth and dry. In order to prevent too much drying, however, use moisturizer and sun-screen, and stay well-hydrated.

Cognitive skills continue to develop. Contrary to popular belief, some cognitive skills actually improve after middle age. According to the April 2015 issue of Psychological Science, word knowledge peaks in our 60s and 70s, and older adults are also better at gauging other people’s emotional states.

Fewer migraines. A British-based charity for migraine research, The Migraine Trust, found that approximately 40% of migraine sufferers report having no more migraines after age 65. If you are over 65 and continue, or start, having migraines, consult your doctor, as it may be a symptom of an underlying health condition.

Improved self-confidence. Time enables us to rack up accomplishments, check off goals reached, and acquire wisdom from mistakes made. This serves to strengthen our sense of identity and productivity, and helps move us past that early sense of needing to prove ourselves in the world.

More satisfying relationships. Improved self-confidence and a strong sense of identity also equip us to enjoy more satisfying relationships in our later years. Age and experience hand us the tools of perspective and patience, enabling us to re-order our priorities and become more flexible.

Let’s embrace age and celebrate its benefits. A positive attitude supports optimal health!

Source: Doheny, Kathleen. “6 Ways Your Body Gets Better with Age”. Everyday Health, last updated 9/3/2015. Retrieved from