When the golden years are not so golden

aaAlmira Osmanovic Thunstrom is a PhD Candidate at the Aging Research Center at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, and tweets as @almirathunstrom. In this blog, she introduces her recent Age & Ageing paper on perceived stress levels amongst over-65s.

Growing up in the 1990’s my vision of ageing came from the show The Golden Girls. The show depicted ageing as a time of great joy, adventure and the daily stressors of work and children as minimal in the post-retirement years. I was also greatly blessed to live with my grandfather, whose years were far from golden. He worried about his deteriorating health, he missed his wife and eventually diseases got the best of him: he suffered from vascular dementia and passed away at the tender age of 66. Already at a young age, I witnessed how diverse the ageing process could be.

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