If panicking was effective, everyone would be doing it. Panic a waste of time and energy: it doesn't solve the problem.
Whatever your age, getting in a panic is a health hazard and must be avoided at all cost. Surviving and thriving on a daily basis are stressful enough, you certainly don't need to add to that level of stress by panicking.
While we've all heard examples of individuals doing extraordinary things while pumped with adrenalin (lifting a car, running through a burning building, etc.), we now know that panic can decrease a system's operational effectiveness by 30% or more - sometimes completely destroying it.
Consider, for example, the typical throughput of a highway during rush hour. While it may be a pain in the backside, the cars generally keep a safe distance, drivers remain sufficiently alert, and everyone eventually gets home. When, however, these same people are fleeing a natural disaster, panic sets in and traffic is at a complete standstill. Next time you're waiting to exit your flight, think about how bad things would be if fellow passengers panicked.
There are three things we can do to ensure that panic is not part of our life.