Healthy aging experts share insight into how older adults cope with stress related to the pandemic, and how people of all ages can use it as a learning experience.
“It’s a mistake to think of older adults as just being sort of victims during COVID,” Carolyn says. “They’re a lot more resilient than we think they are.”
Military veterans exposed to combat were more likely to exhibit signs of depression and anxiety in later life than veterans who had not seen combat.
Hyunyup Lee, a PhD student in HDFS, is first author on “Impact of combat exposure on mental health trajectories in later life: Longitudinal findings from the VA Normative Aging Study,”
Professor Carolyn Aldwin was recently featured in Psychology Today for her study examining if hardships in life make us wiser.
“The adage used to be ‘with age comes wisdom,’ but that’s not really true,” says Carolyn, an expert on psychosocial factors that influence aging. “Generally, the people who had to work to sort things out after a difficult life event are the ones who arrived at new meaning.”