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How Attitude Affects Aging

xpressing a positive attitude toward aging may make the difference in whether you can bounce back from disability.Expressing a positive attitude toward aging may make the difference in whether you can bounce back from disability. A study from the Yale School of Public Health found that seniors who accentuate the positive stereotypes of age and aging are more likely to recover from a health setback than those who view aging negatively. Over the course of 11 years, the investigators asked nearly 600 seniors who were living independently what five words came to their minds when asked what they think of old persons. The most positive responses were descriptors like “spry” while the most negative were terms such as “decrepit.” The investigators reported that seniors referencing positive age stereotypes were 44 percent more likely to fully recover from a severe disability. These seniors also had a slower decline in daily activities such as bathing and dressing than those who voiced negative stereotypes. The study was published in the November 21, 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Reader Comments (2)

I am certainly not worried about aging, even if I die as soon as a doctor expects me. (If I believed doctors, I would have already been dead three times. The last was a cracked skull and seven weeks coma.)

I am glad to have my own choices! With prostate cancer, marked 4 on a scale of 7, the doctor and his boss tried to convince me it had to be surgery, which I flat refused. My primary physician suggested radiation, which I also refused. Instead, I use two herbs - graviola and turmeric. My symptoms for more than a year of urination every two to four hours were nearly gone in three weeks (now five to eight hours). My primary physician is from India, so he understood turmeric, but if he told to that, he would have been fired.

But I know from years of experience with other things most common in American meals would have not allowed this to work. (I try experiments three times to verify.) The worst was sugar. If I ate just half as much sugar as most Americans do, my symptoms returned in two days.

Yes, I still have the cancer, but the tumor must be shrinking. However, if I am totally wrong and die two years from now (three years after the test), I will be dead as doctors expect. That is perfectly satisfactory. I would rather die than have surgery.

Either way I remain content.

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarvin L. Zinn

Just more proof in the power of positive thinking!

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterErica House

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