A recent study has found new evidence to support the idea that aging can be just a state of mind, finding that those who have a positive attitude towards growing older also enjoy better health as they advance in age.
The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), at Trinity College Dublin, provided the research team access to the attitudes of 4135 seniors who were taking part in the study.
As well as measuring participants’ attitudes on aging using a questionnaire, the study also collected data on the participants’ cognitive health and levels of frailty
The researchers found that participants who reported higher levels of life satisfaction were able to remain more independent for longer than their more negative counterparts, and showed a slower decline in performing daily tasks such as getting out of bed, getting dressed, bathing and showering. Participants who reported a lower level of life satisfaction however were three times more likely to develop problems in carrying out these daily activities.