Any relationship's overall success is dependent on a few basic components: shared values and beliefs, healthy communication and conflict resolution, trust, intimacy, and the capacity to support one another's aspirations. None of these habits are related to age...
Shared values and beliefs: As people get older, they tend to want to maintain relationships that are more about harmony than passion. They seek relationships that are comfortable rather than exciting, and they prefer things done "our way" to the fight it out style of younger people. This doesn't mean that older people aren't capable of passion or that they don't enjoy being with younger people; it's just that they value stability more than most young people do. It also means that if you're looking for a relationship that will provide excitement and vitality, expect your older partner to be less interested in what you have to say and more likely to want to go their own way.
Healthy communication and conflict resolution: Older people tend to be more skilled at resolving conflicts nonviolently, which helps them stay in relationships longer. They may not like fighting, but if there's something they feel needs changing, they'll try to work it out together instead of taking sides. Young people, on the other hand, tend to favor clear communication over secrecy when disagreements arise, and they're not afraid to fight for what they believe in.
You find that in-between zone when you're in a relationship with someone older. You relax in healthy ways, but you invigorate your spouse in healthy ways, resulting in a pair who lives life on the edge... yet always has a backup plan. Six. You both bring out the best in each other. You don't feel like a burden to one another. You aren't afraid to speak your mind. You understand each other's needs and desires. You share the same values and goals.
You still have energy to spend together outside of work. You are not complete strangers who have met under strange circumstances. Thirteen. You have a good relationship with your parents and/or family members. Fourteen. You have been through something together that has made you stronger. You know what you want out of life.
Sixteen. You can talk about anything under the sun... except what's wrong with you both! Seventeen. You can't wait to see him or her again. Eighteen. You don't keep secrets from each other. Nineteen. You think that there is always time for love.
You learn how to let go of things that no longer matter. Twenty-one. You realize that you can't control everything, but you don't worry about it too much. Twenty-two.
Previously, experts assumed that as people aged, their social ties deteriorated and were less rewarding (Cumming & Henry, 1961). Recent study, on the other hand, has indicated that older persons have more rewarding and good social connections than younger adults. The research suggests that older people tend to keep important friends for longer and have wider networks of acquaintances.
As we get older, it becomes harder to meet new people and build new friendships. But this doesn't mean that all old friendships should be discarded - they may just require some special attention from us. Sometimes we need a little help keeping in touch with old friends or making new ones. Such assistance can come in the form of phone calls or emails, going to events or meetings, or simply being available when someone needs you. These are all ways to show your old friend that you're still interested in them even if you can't be around face-to-face.
Old friendships are valuable because they provide an alternative source of support when partners or family members cannot fill the role. They can also act as inspiration or motivation for who knows what kind of future endeavors!
In conclusion, older people tend to keep important friends for longer and have wider networks of acquaintances. However, newer friendships may be more meaningful due to the sharing of experiences and knowledge.