We see that it's harder for the older people to hide their feelings which some times comes out in form of tears.This was observed by psychologists, when viewing heartbreaking or disgusting scenes in movies and reality shows.
According to research from UC Berkeley, Old people are better than their younger counterparts at seeing the positive side of a stressful situation and empathizing with the less fortunate.
For the study, researchers looked at how 144 healthy adults in their 20s, 40s and 60s reacted to neutral, sad and disgusting film clips. In particular, they examined how participants used techniques known as "detached appraisal," "positive reappraisal" and "behavior suppression." Heading up that study was Michelle Shiota, now an assistant professor of psychology at Arizona State University.
The researchers monitored the blood pressure, heart rates, perspiration and breathing patterns of participants as they watched various types of scenes from different movies.
The findings were published in the journal, Psychology and Aging.
Src: [University of California - Berkeley]