Elders Should Have Positive Approach to Stay Healthy

by Anne Trueman on  January 23, 2013 at 12:11 PM Health In Focus   - G J E 4
Older age is associated not only with graying hair but the body also becomes susceptible to various diseases.
Elders Should Have Positive Approach to Stay Healthy
Elders Should Have Positive Approach to Stay Healthy

The elderly spend most of their lives trying to combat the disease attack. A new research has revealed that those elderly patients who willingly accept the normal aging process with a positive mindset exhibit better chances of improvement from disabilities, as compared to the elderly having a negative attitude towards life.

Scientists observed an important fact that elderly who acknowledge growing age with agility survive easily and with flying colors after serious disabilities.

Prof. Levy, PhD, of the Yale School of Public Health, and team carried out a study that revealed that elderly having a positive attitude towards life have nearly 44 percent more chances of better healing in contrast to those harboring a negative approach.

Prof. Levy conducted the research with the aim of assessing the impact of having a positive attitude on speedy recovery from disabilities among the elderly.

The research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, 2012.

For the purpose of study, about 700 adults without any disabilities were enrolled in the age group of 70 years and above.

During the follow up of 11 years, the scientists focused on 600 elderly who were disabled due to some reason.

The volunteers, whose feeding and dressing activities were affected, were closely monitored by the researchers.

The scientists noted that the elders having positive approach had 8 percent better chances of speedy recovery from chronic and serious disabilities.

Prof. Levy mentioned, "A positive attitude might help buffer against stress and lessen cardiovascular responses to challenges, which could reduce disability from heart issues."

She realized that by doing moderate exercises, elders enjoy better rehabilitation chances from disabilities.

Dr. Gary Kennedy, the Director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City, advised the elderly, "stay physically active, and that can-do attitude lets you attack your problems more aggressively, making you more likely to keep at it until you're better."

The researchers concluded that the elderly should inculcate positive attitude towards life in order to stay healthy and fit.

Source: Medindia

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