Major stressors in this age group include marital conflict, violence in the home, violence in the community, problems with parental mental health – a mum or dad who is depressed – maltreatment and disciplinary behaviours that become punitive.
Commonly known as the sandwich generation, many in this age group will care for both teenage children and ageing parents.
As Jonathan Rauch, author of The Happiness Curve: Why Life Gets Better after 50, points out, in this age group “It’s perfectly natural to go through an emotional reboot”.
For those who are feeling discontented, he points in his book to research that shows that after the age of 50 stress levels begin to drop.
Rauch, 58, is finding this age “a great period for relaunch. Our values change. We put less emphasis on ambition and more on relationships, other people, which is very rewarding.” Finding new routines helps.
“One of the great things about old age is that you can fail and it’s not going to destroy you.”
According to Alex Bailey, a doctor in the old age faculty at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, fear of death is not a big problem.
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