Society often pokes fun at women desperately trying to slow down the aging process and stay youthful for as long as possible. In reality, getting older brings challenges for both sexes from loss of loved ones to a decline in health. However, research shows that women are actually better than men at handling these challenges.
Dr. Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, a Yale professor of psychology and author of The Power of Women studied 1300 men and women and found that women were using their coping skills better than men during old age. Women were more likely to, “tap their mental, emotional, and relational strengths to deal with adversity, which in turn left them less vulnerable to depression and anxiety in the face of difficulty.”
Women’s “psychological strengths” help them cope with the changes that come with getting older. Women have a strong sense of identity and strong relationships, which they rely on for help.
Turns out the saying is true, women really do get better with age.