Does Positive Thinking Impact Aging?

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We have always been taught that an active mind keeps us sharp, feeling active, and alert, but does the way we think about aging actually have an affect on us as we grow older? A recent study read by leading Caledon home care providers suggests the answer is a resounding “yes.”

If you’re a live-in or part-time caregiver for an elderly parent or relative, this study may prove to be a step toward making decisions that promote healthy thinking patterns and a positive mindset. The study, conducted by a group of researchers at the Yale Group of Public Health, assessed 598 seniors who were at least 70 years old and divided them into two groups: Those who felt good about their age and those who viewed growing older negatively. Over the course of the researchers’ analysis, it was discovered that those who carried an optimistic perspective were more likely to recover from a serious disability than their counterparts.

Head researcher Becca L. Levy and her colleagues at Yale suggest that promoting stereotypes that encourage positive views toward aging can greatly impact a senior’s quality of life, potentially allowing them to live more independently as they age.

Another study conducted by Levy in 2002 also demonstrated that people who viewed aging in a positive light tended to live at least 7.6 years longer than those who didn’t. The general conclusion of both studies is that a senior’s attitude and personality style can impact their overall quality of life. Essentially, a senior with a more optimistic life viewpoint is more likely to make healthier decisions and show more vigor, thus enabling them to live more independently and possibly longer than they would otherwise.

At Home Care Assistance, we offer the additional support seniors need to maintain a happy, healthy, high-quality life. Our compassionate and trained caregivers can help with errands, cooking, and basic housework, and provide ongoing companionship and emotional support. In addition to proving hourly and live-in care, we also offer dementia, Parkinson’s, and stroke care in Caledon for seniors with advanced conditions. Call 905-951-8885 to speak with an experienced Care Manager and request a free consultation.