They're called the golden years for a reason. Getting older has its perks. For one, you're good at using what you've learned. This is called crystalized intelligence, and it keeps getting better, even when you're 65 or 70.
Become The Nice Person
Turns out you might not be a grumpy old man (or woman), after all. You'll probably get more agreeable as you age, at least through your 60s. You're also likely to be happier and less inclined to get angry. Scientists haven't figured out exactly why this happens, but they do have some theories. Older people might control their emotions better and focus more on how to make the most of life.
Play Well With Others
You're more in tune with other people's emotions in your 40s and older than at any other time in your life. That insight into how others think and feel can make living with your loved ones easier and help you get along better with your coworkers, too.
A Taste for Life
As you age, medications, illness (colds, flu, gum diseases, etc.) and allergies all can change your sense of smell and taste. And that can affect your diet and health. If you find things need to be spiced up, try some olive oil, herbs like rosemary and thyme, garlic, onion, peppers, or mustard. Just stay away from the salt.
Rise And Shine
There's a good chance you'll become the morning person you've always wanted to be - in your 60s. Our sleeping patterns can shift as we age, so we get sleepier earlier and wake up earlier. That seems to work out well. One study showed that even though folks over 65 tend to wake up during the night, most said they regularly get a good night's sleep.
Once you hit your 70s, those migraines you may have had much of your life may go away. Only 10% of women and 5% of men over 70 still report migraines. Even better news: Even if you have a migraine, it may not actually come with the headache. As we age they're more like to show up as visual or sensory disturbances instead.
Don't Quit Your Day Job
Early retirement might not be the best thing for your health - unless you have a fun second career. A study called the Longevity Project found that people who work hard at a job they enjoy live the longest. That, along with good friends and a good marriage, could be the key to sticking around a while.
Fear Is Not Your Friend
You may worry more about breaking bones as you age. But you're more likely to take a tumble if you're scared of falling. One study found that about a third of adults over 65 have that fear. And it's understandable, because falls are the leading cause of injuries for older people.
What's That Doing There?
Self-esteem soars as you age, studies show, and increases with wealth, education, good health, and employment. But it takes a dip after 60. That may be because people begin to have health issues and start searching for a new sense of purpose following retirement. With increasing life spans, healthier lifestyles, and working to an older age, we may see that change.
Baby boomers and older adults report less stress than their younger counterparts. That doesn't mean, it goes away. Health and money problems still crop up. But studies show that 9 of 10 older adults say they're doing enough to manage it.
Weight of the World
The longer you're alive, the more gravity brings you down. The spaces between the bones in your spine - called vertebrae - get closer together. That can make you about an inch shorter as you get older.
Strength in Numbers