“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.”
If you believe you’re capable of becoming a healthy, engaged person in old age, you are more likely to experience that outcome.
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.
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.”
A new book about World War II, Korean War and Vietnam veterans – “Long-Term Outcomes of Military Service: The Health and Well-Being of Aging Veterans” – provides valuable insights into the effects of military service as a hidden variable in aging research. The book’s editors are Rick Settersten, endowed director of the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families; Carolyn Aldwin, endowed director of the Center for Healthy Aging; and Avron Spiro of Boston University and the Boston Veterans Administration.