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Boomers, seniors less stressed than younger adults

April 30, 2013

If you've noticed fewer feelings of stress since entering retirement, you are certainly not alone. A recent study from the American Psychological Association (APA) found that both boomers - those between ages 48 and 66 - as well as adults 67 and older have lower levels of stress than members of younger generations. The results highlight the importance of managing anxiety and other psychological factors during senior living

The study revealed this disparity in stress levels in a number of different ways. For instance, researchers found that only about 27 percent of respondents 67 and older - known as "matures" - said their stress levels increased in the last year. That figure hit 39 percent for Millenials and 36 percent for members of Generation X. This significant difference may be due to the issues actually weighing on each age group's mind. Study results showed that younger generations were more stressed by things like work, money and job stability, while older adults are primarily concerned with potential health issues. 

While the results may be encouraging for retirees, researchers say the stress levels experienced by boomers and matures are still higher than what is considered healthy, so it's important to consider making lifestyle changes that can help manage stress. The good news is, there are plenty of options available, and APA researchers found that 57 percent of boomers choose to reduce levels of stress by exercising, and 38 percent of adults age 67 and older do the same.

Boomers and matures certainly made a good choice. According to the Mayo Clinic, nearly every type of exercise is an effective stress reliever. Not only because it increases the levels of feel-good hormones, known as endorphins, but because it is often seen as a form of moving meditation.