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Health status is no longer synonymous of successful aging

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The happiness of the elderly depends more on a positive attitude than physical fitness

A positive attitude towards life gives you greater happiness in old age than health status, according to research developed by the University of California in San Diego. The study shows that optimism and attitude of all things are more important for a happy aging person than traditional measures of health and wellness. A new perception of aging that puts an end to the belief that physical fitness is synonymous with successful aging.

Happiness in old age depends more on a positive attitude, according to a study by the Sam and Rose Stain Institute for Research on Aging (SIRA), belonging to the University of California in San Diego. The study is notable for the unusual consideration of subjective criteria to assess the state of aging. This study examined 500 volunteers aged between 60 and 98 years, living independently and had suffered from various diseases, including cancer, heart failure, diabetes, mental problems or other malfunctions. Medical News Today says participants in the study were asked to rate their aging on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being a degree of good quality of life in. The meaning of this assessment among respondents was 8.4, which reveals the dominant attitude about how they lived their aging years. Less than 10% of respondents associated the quality of their aging body health status. The most striking results, however, were more optimistic those who thought they were aging well-not always coincide with those with better health.

Welcome life research, conducted by Professor Dilip Jeste, of the University, and colleagues said that optimism and attitude of things are more important to achieve successful aging than traditional measures of health and wellness. This means that the physical state is not synonymous with successful aging. On the contrary, a good attitude is almost a guarantee of successful aging.

Generally considered normal for a person that "ages well" if you have few disease or if more or less retain your power, although there is no consensus in the medical community to defining exactly what can be understood as a proper aging.

This study demonstrates that the perception of oneself can be even more important than the physical condition, when considering that aging is developing properly. Physical health is no longer thus the best indicator of proper aging, according to this study.

Another conclusion that emerges from this study is that the concern of people who delve into advanced age should not focus on the state of health care and cultivation of positive attitudes, as these attitudes may be more important than the healthy body to reach the appropriate age.

Research has also shown that people who spend some time each day socializing, reading or participating in other leisure activities, have a higher level of satisfaction in old age. The results of this research have not been published yet, but were released at the annual meeting of the American College of Neuropsichopharmalogy , held this week in Waikoloa , Hawaii. The ACNP, founded in 1961, is a professional organization of more than 700 scientists, including three Nobel laureates.

Its mission is to prevent diseases of the nervous system by studying the brain. Good mental health Dilip V. Jeste, the architect of this research, is a professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at the University of California. He specializes in geriatric psychiatry and is the editor of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. In addition, Jeste is chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry of the said University and participates in numerous research activities, preparation and care of elderly patients.

In an interview published last September by Medscape, among other things explains the mechanisms for successful aging. Together with his colleague Gregory Stain on Stain Sam and Rose Institute for Resarch on Aging (SIRA), also belonging to the University of California San Diego, Jeste has developed other research among which descaca a study on the same topic. This study involved 1,000 volunteers seniors living in California, which completed a comprehensive questionnaire about their nutrition, medical history, exercise habits and, in general, their lifestyle. Also, many of these participants provided blood samples.

The first results of this study indicate also that a poor physical condition does not necessarily lead to negative aging. From these results, Jeste and team plan to continue analyzing the causes of the different perceptions on aging, as previous studies have shown that staying active and regular physical exercise also helps to grow old in good physical and mental. Another promising area of research in which the SIRA Jeste and is intended to deepen the brain, since several studies have already advanced that there may be neurons do not regenerate, despite the age. Thus, Jeste seeks to discover why some people 80 or 90 years old are perfectly active, with or without pain.

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