CHICAGO (AP) - A new study suggests that everyone has plenty to
look forward to in their later years.
The study by a University of Chicago sociologist concludes that
the happiest Americans are the oldest, and older adults are more
socially active than the stereotype of the lonely senior suggests.
The findings are based on periodic face-to-face interviews with
a nationally representative sample of Americans from 1972 to 2004.
About 28,000 people aged 18 to 88 took part.
While younger blacks and poor people tended to be less happy
than whites and wealthier people, in general, the odds of being
happy increased 5 percent with every 10 years of age.
Overall, about 33 percent of Americans reported being very happy
at age 88, versus about 24 percent of those age 18 to their early
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