One In Three People Over 60 Experiences A Later Life Crisis

Reorted in Medical News Today, (12 April 2013) University of Greenwich psychologist Dr. Oliver Robinson, showed that 1 in 3 people over 60 experiences a “Later Life” crisis.

A total of 282 volunteers over the age of 60 were involved in the first phase of the study who were asked to fill out an online survey that evaluated the perceived impact of crisis.

Results showed that since the age of sixty, 32% of males and 33% of females reported having had a crisis.

The most common feature of these crisis episodes was bereavement, followed by:

  • sickness
  • injury to themselves or to others
  • caring for a sick or disabled loved one

For the second phase, the researchers conducted interviews with 20 subjects. The experts found that crisis episodes all involved at least two stressful life events – a mortality -awareness-raising event, such as a serious illness or health problem affecting the individual himself/herself or a close relation, or loss of a partner or close relative.

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