Far from the stereotypical picture of aging, which may once have included images of frailty, disability, and deteriorated health, new research points to evidence that turning around our state of mind can actually lead to a much more positive aging experience.
Studies like the one conducted at the Yale School of Public Health are showing that our attitude towards aging can develop into self-fulfilling prophecies, with real physical damage resulting from negative, stereotypical expectations of growing older.
Conversely, those in the study who received subliminal positive messages about aging displayed equally positive improvements in areas such as strength, balance, and self-image.
So, specifically, what are the positives of aging that we need to stay focused on to enhance our own aging experience? Knowing the facts and disregarding the myths is key. And the facts are, the majority of seniors consistently reported a higher level of satisfaction than their younger counterparts in social, financial, physical and community aspects of life. It’s also important to note that the physical and health decline that we tend to attribute to aging is actually better blamed on other conditions, such as specific diseases, poor diet, lack of exercise, even disorganization and busyness – many of which are treatable.
Think of how differently our senior society can look as a whole when we start to view aging through the proper perspective. It begins with us!
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