Why Older People Managed to Stay Happier Through the Pandemic

Scientists needed an environment where both older and younger populations were in equally stressful situations. “There’s never been a way we could somehow test the effect of extreme stress on this relationship, in any ethical way,” said Susan Charles, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Irvine. The coronavirus changed that. … “I think the older generation now, as much as it’s been threatened by Covid, they’re beginning to say, ‘My life is not nearly as disrupted as my children’s or grandchildren’s,’” Dr. Charles said, “and that is where our focus on mental well-being should now turn.”