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Older adults feel better than young people despite COVID risks

Category: Museums and Aging

“We continue to find that older people care more than any other age group about emotionally meaningful aspects of life. In the midst of this pandemic…the solution for older adults is to get back to engaging with life, in whatever ways possible…Engagement in virtual volunteer opportunities can bring fulfillment and a sense of purpose.”

–Laura Carstensen, professor of psychology and public policy, Stanford University

Older adults report better emotional well-being than younger people, even during a pandemic that is placing them at greater risk than any other age group, according to a new survey. Older adults reported feeling calm more often than younger folks, and were less likely to report negative emotions like anxiety compared to people their junior, the survey shows.

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