Long life in the 21st Century – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers often look at the problems of aging such as poorer memory, reduced reading comprehension, and more difficulties with multi-tasking and concentration. Dr. Laura Carstensen from the Stanford Center on Longevity highlights some advantages of aging.
Carstensen: There are other aspects of cognitive and emotional functioning that actually improve with age and these are really very relatively recent discoveries. That is people are better able to regulate how they feel, their feeling states, they are better at managing social relationships. Sometimes I think the slowing that comes with age may add to that.
Narrator: Presenting a lecture at NIH, Carstensen said a lot of what we think of as being smart in life is what gets better with age. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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