Optimism and Senior Health

rosasHi this is Anthony Diaz. Some people say I am a very happy person. That is true, I am. I love my family. I love my work I have so many things to be happy about. Did you know that some older adults who continue to feel good and stay active well into their senior years experience less health problems? Positive thinking and optimism plays a significant role.

Being optimistic and having a positive attitude will not only make seniors happier, it may also improves their overall health later in life, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to researchers, having a positive attitude may promote recovery from disability by limiting the cardiovascular response to stress, improving physical balance, enhancing self-efficacy, and increasing engagement in healthy behaviors.

Health Benefits to Seniors of Positive Thinking:
•Increased life span
•Lower levels of distress
•Lower rates of depression
•Greater resistance to the common cold
•Better psychological and physical well-being
•Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
•Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

Another study that was recently published in the American Heart Association found that people who identified themselves as optimists were significantly less likely to have heart failure than those who did not practice positive thinking. According to the study, happier people were 73 percent less likely to have heart problems than those who are pessimistic.

At Rosa’s we encourage our residents to bask in the sun, participate in yoga, and in our weekend BBQ’s as well as other activities that help promote a positive attitude.

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