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Want to handle stress better? Grow old!

Although physically vulnerable, the elderly beat the yuppies when it comes to coping with stress, says a study.

india Updated: Aug 22, 2006 15:40 IST

It is 'forever young' for the elderly so far as coping with stress is concerned, vis-a-vis those with lesser number of birthdays behind them.

Mental health experts reveal the elderly - although physically vulnerable - are better equipped at dealing with trauma and other psychological conditions than the young.

The seniors "tolerate" anxiety, fear and depression more tactfully due to their long experience, wisdom and understanding.

In an exclusive interaction with UNI here, George T Grossberg, Director, Geriatric Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Saint Louis University, Missouri, USA said the older people made use of past life-experiences to come out winners.

"There are two kinds of disasters -- natural such as floods and man-made like terrorist strikes. Older people deal better with such horrors and alarm situations," Prof Grossberg underlined.

"For instance, 9/11 left a deep scar on the psychology and mental make-up of the people in USA. However, the older people have coped with the tragedy and sorrow much better than the middle-aged and young.

Prof Grossberg, who is an authority on the much neglected subject of Geriatrics the world over, also claimed that a "spiritual belief system" among the people, helped them get over illness and mental disorders better.

"Today, there is a growing body of literature to suggest that a spiritual belief system and faith in god wipes feeling of loneliness from among the people, especially the elderly," he asserted.

First Published: Aug 22, 2006 15:40 IST

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