Similar studies show the same results in the U.S. — the older we are the less likely we are to be depressed, stressed and anxious:
Middle-aged ‘more anxious than elderly’
Elderly Australians are less anxious and depressed than those in middle-age, according to a new study which paints a refreshingly bright picture of growing old.
A major survey of 5,000 people over 45 has found that baby boomers have significantly higher rates of psychiatric and anxiety disorders than those in their twilight years.
“This is a new and very positive view of ageing,” said psychiatrist and co-investigator Dr Julian Trollor, from the University of New South Wales.
“The general perception out there is that disease and burden is what you’ve got to look forward to as you age, but we can be much more positive than that.”
Read more in the Sydney Morning Herald.