[en] Spontaneous thinking significantly relies on attention and arousal. As these cognitive faculties change with age, we aimed at providing a comprehensive account to ongoing mental states in seniors, testing how these are influenced by attentional control and arousal. Using experience sampling at rest, 20 senior (65-75yrs) and 20 young participants (20-30yrs) were prompted to report mind-wandering (MW), sensory-related thoughts (S), and the newly introduced state of mind blanking (MB). Attentional control was assessed with the Attentional Style Questionnaire, and arousal with continuous monitoring of pupil diameter. Both age groups showed equally high occurrences of MW compared to MB or S. For young responders, we replicated that MW was more prevalent in easily-distracted participants and that it associated with higher arousal. In seniors, though, MB was more prevalent in easily-distracted participants, and it was associated with higher arousal, reversing the pattern found in young adults and focused seniors. Overall, our results show that attentional control and arousal jointly regulate ongoing mental states in an age-dependent manner and uncover the presence a specific profile of ongoing mental state regulation in healthy aging, being a potentially critical marker of age-associated diseases.