The best years of our lives

Contrary to what many of my students are being told, these are probably not the best years of their lives – or at least, not the happiest. In fact, the people who are telling them this – parents and grandparents, one would suspect – are probably much happier now than they were when they were…

A mindful perspective on old age stereotypes?

Our youth-obsessed cultureĀ has certain beliefs about the old: grumpy old men, crazy old cat ladies, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”, and a general belief that being old means you are rapidly deteriorating in every way. This “ageism” is so strong that it can have some surprisingly powerful unconscious effects. From the lab…