Why People Get Happier in Old Age

March 22, 2015

Life gets better for people in their 60s and 70, according to lots of recent studies. Why? Geriatric psychiatrist Dilip Jeste says people often become wiser with age.



Life is the price of more of it. I'm making the assumption that if we get to old age we wanted to get there and were really lucky.

I watch my father as he ages, and contrary to what has been said in this interview, he is not getting happier, but more petulant and irritated. He is well taken care of at his assisted living place, but refuses to participate in events held there. Refuses to exercise, refuses to get a hearing aid. He and his lady friend sit in her room, with the TV full blast and complain about everything from their neighbors, to the food, to the workers who help them. It is frustrating to see. Granted, he has experienced a great deal of loss and drastic change in the past 15 years, but he does not seem to be grateful for much of what is truly good in his life, or any "wiser" for that matter. Seems more like a moody teen ager. Sad. I of course, try hard to keep things light and positive, but it's an uphill battle. I am almost 60, but I suppose I won't get it until I am older, eh?

This is one of the best interviews I have ever heard !