A study published in the Lancet Medical Journal revealed that getting older does not mean getting sicker and slower in the head. What the study found was that the mental health of the 90-somethings of today is actually stronger than the mental health of 90-somethings from ten years ago! The people in the study that were born in 1915 were wiser and physically stronger than those born in 1905; which proved that mental health and getting older does not mean poor health. And why is that you ask?
Researchers believe the reason these elderly peoples mental health is sharper, and their physical health is stronger has to do with a number of factors such as: improvements in medical care, living conditions, diet, and intellectual stimulations.
Professor Kaare Christensen, of the University of Southern Denmark, commented on the results of the study: “Our results suggest that the functioning of people who reach their 90s is improving in Denmark, and increasing longevity associated with improved living conditions and healthcare may result in not just longer lives, but also that the elderly are functioning better for longer than in earlier generations.’
Of course more research still needs to be conducted to tell if this applies to all 90-somethings born after 1915 and outside of Denmark (where people in the study were from). But if it does apply to those outside of Denmark, what will this mean for the future generations? Will health care costs go down? The Danish researchers exclaimed, “If this development continues, the future functional problems and care needs of very elderly people might be less than are anticipated.”