Older Adults Most Likely To Make The Effort To Help Others

Older adults are more willing to make an effort to help others than younger adults, finds a new study. University of Birmingham researchers found adults ages 55 to 85 were more willing to work hard to benefit others, while adults ages 18 to 36 were much more likely to put in higher levels of effort to benefit themselves.

Lead study author Patricia Lockwood says, “A lot of research has focused on the negative changes that happen as people get older. We show that there are positive benefits to getting older too, in particular older adults seem to be more willing to put in effort to help others. These ‘prosocial behaviors’ are really important for social cohesion.”