Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Aging Well Depends on 'Mind Over Matter'

By Jennifer Warner
WebMD Medical News

Successful aging may depend more on a person's attitude and coping style than with avoiding disease or disability.

A new survey of older adults over age 60 shows nearly three-fourths felt they were aging well, despite often having physical illness or disability.

Researchers say the results suggest that the self-perception of the aging process relates more to attitude than physical health.

"For most people, worries about their future aging involve fear of physical infirmity, disease or disability," says researcher Dilip Jeste, MD, professor of psychiatry and neurosciences at the University of California at San Diego, in a news release. "However, this study is encouraging because it shows that the best predictors of successful aging are well within an individual's control."


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