Education is key to emotional health
August 22, 2011
New research by Gallup shows that being well-educated may help with overall emotional health, especially for people age 65 and over. To pinpoint the exact score of each participant, Gallup asked whether he or she felt a number of different emotions, then compiled each factor in a score of 1-100.
Approximately 30 percent of people had completed either a high school education or less were found to have high emotional health. About 43 percent of those with college degrees and 46 percent of people with a higher degree than college showed similar traits.
This seems to suggest that one of the keys to healthy living may actually mean participating in lifelong learning, which is becoming highly popular among older Americans who want to go back to the classroom. For example, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute runs more than 100 programs across all 50 states for retirees who are interested in learning a new language, picking up investing skills or even writing a memoir.
When it comes to staying physically healthy, older adults interested in independent living may want to consider installing a medical alarm system in their homes, so that they can instantly contact emergency services if they require assistance.