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60s 'new age for mid-life crisis'

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scorpio Fri 12-Apr-13 11:13:58

A third of men and women said they went through a period of "developmental crisis" in their 60s, the survey found.
But Dr Oliver Robinson, from the University of Greenwich, who is behind the research, said that while some people respond with the expected disappointment, others set new goals and enjoy a greater appreciation of their surroundings.
He said: "The findings suggest that the 60-69 decade is a key time for developmental crisis and this should be the focus of continued research.
"It seems that when loss-inducing events occur together or in close proximity in time, a person's capacity to cope in their 60s is overwhelmed and a later life crisis is precipitated.
"By better understanding such crisis episodes, psychologists are well-placed to understand mental health problems in this age group, which may well be affected by the events of a crisis.
"They will also be better placed offer help to promote positive post-crisis growth."
An initial online survey of 282 people aged over 60 found 32% of men and 33% of women had experienced a crisis since turning 60. Typically this featured bereavement, followed by illness or injury to self or others, and caring for an ill or disabled loved one.
Twenty of those surveyed were then interviewed, revealing that episodes of loss or serious illness made them more conscious about frailty and death.
Dr Robinson's findings were presented at the annual conference of the British Psychological Society in Harrogate, North Yorkshire.

boheminan Fri 12-Apr-13 23:26:45

Blimey! I found this report quite hard to followhmm.
The initial survey giving percentages of 32%/33% (men/women) leaves me wondering how the other 68%/67% fared! IMO a lot of these research projects are a load of bunkum - spending a lot of time and money and waffling away, telling us things we already getting older makes us think more about frailty and death, but I think that's pretty common in any age group - people that work in life and death situations are more prone to envisaging their own mortality. A lot of statistics bantered about but overall not really much sense, but being a group of psychologists, that's pretty understandable really!

scorpio Sun 21-Apr-13 12:35:53

Think you're dead right! The only relevant thing for Gransnetters is that we can do something to help ourselves. That's what Gransnet Local is all about. Social-networking can be a really good loneliness buster! I would like to have some get togethers too! Trouble is Oxfordshire is a very big county and we may have to take it area by area. What do you think?

Will try to work out how to delete that rather heavy article!

scorpio Sun 21-Apr-13 15:08:41

Message to you all but especially to 'Bohemian'! Couldn't manage to delete the heavy-going piece from BPS! Will have to have a lesson in 'editing'! Please put up any subjects you would like to discuss, points you would like to make, campaigns we might be able to take up or just something to make us laugh!

boheminan Sun 21-Apr-13 20:09:34

Hi scorpio. Thank you for getting Oxfordshire on a local forum. I like the idea of 'meeting' others in a local setting, discussing where to get the best deals, go for walks, events going on nearby, hopefully 'meet-ups' etc... I hope we'll be joined by some new Shire folk soon. I'm relieved you agree with me on the BPS report - seems we're more logical than the clever clogssmileflowers