We like to think that as we grow older, we will become happier and feel better health-wise. Fortunately, there is good news that there are some states where aging, well-being and happiness go hand-in-hand.
Health Briefs TV learns that the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index reports that American adults over the age of 55 rank high in measures of well-being. People over 75 weighed in feeling the best of all age groups included in the survey. The survey criteria for defining well-being included sense of purpose, social life, financial situation, community, and physical health.
People over age 44 scored high in financial well-being. The report also found that depression and smoking decreased with age. At the same time, health insurance coverage and access to a personal doctor increased. More than 80% of adults 75 years old and up report getting positive energy from friends and family, which is one of the key indicators for a longer life expectancy.
Health Briefs TV has written before that staying active and healthy, as well as being social can lead to a longer more fulfilling life. There are many programs for seniors in almost every community where seniors can participate in physical fitness classes, artistic endeavors or just have a friendly time. Below are the top five states the Gallup-Healthways report for overall happy older people:
- South Dakota