If we … capitalize on the very real strengths of older people, then added years of life can dramatically improve quality of life at all ages.

Laura Carstensen

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“Older People Are Happier.” TEDxWomen 2011. Dec. 2011. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Older People Are Happier." TEDxWomen 2011. Dec. 2011. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote is from psychologist Laura Carstensen's 2011 TED Talk on the impact of our society's extending lifespan. According to Carstensen, having more older people in a society can be a very positive thing, as research shows that older people are happier, live in the moment, know what's important, invest in sure things, deepen their relationships, and savor life. In this quote, Carstensen tells us that we can improve society in general if we learn to benefit from these strengths of older people. Watch the full TED Talk here: Laura Carstensen - Older People Are Happier