Older age is
associated not only with graying hair but the body also becomes susceptible to
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
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
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
The volunteers, whose
feeding and dressing activities were affected, were closely monitored by the
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
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.