April 23, 2024

Health Headlines: Healthy attitude, healthy life

Denver, Colo. – (Ivanhoe Newswire) – While the connection between physical health and longevity is well established, researchers are now discovering that even our attitude toward aging can add or subtract years to our lives. But how do we keep a positive perspective when we are inundated with images of evil old hags and grumpy old men? We are in a new age where we think about ageing, and maybe it will help us all live longer and healthier lives.

The negative images of aging are being replaced with the 60 plus crowd making the most of life.

Brenda Mosby says “Someone told me this a long time ago, that age is a number. It is a number. And we put these caveats on top of it in mind. And it’s like, that doesn’t make sense.”

Brenda won’t let a number define her.

“I’m surprised to say at 68 I’m not on any medication. I just feel so good. And I felt happy the whole time.” Brenda says.

In the last few years, Brenda married, he began to study ballet and he’s in the middle of a drama, all while Brenda is blind!

Brenda says “I lost my sight, and I got my vision. My life after blindness is a fairy tale.”

Research from Yale University shows that people with a positive, optimistic view of aging lived an average of seven and a half years longer than their negative peers.

Aditi Gurkar, Ph.D., Cell Biologist & Aging Expert at the University of Pittsburgh, explains, “There’s been a lot of studies that have shown that you’re optimistic in life in some way, you know, your mind playing tricks on your body in some way, where you have a healthier outlook on life.”

Ways to help raise your aging attitude toward aging, find positive role models. Don’t blame your age. Losing your car keys happens to everyone. Stop turning down fun opportunities and saying you’re never too old. Make sure you mix with millennials. And find your purpose. A studied out of Boston University found that the purpose reduced the risk of death for men by 20 percent, and 34 percent among women.

For Brendan, she has found her gem.

Brenda says, “My purpose is to be an example of love and joy and happiness in everything I do.”

You have heard the good, and now for the bad. Research at Berkley A negative attitude about aging has been found to increase your risk of dementia, heart disease and even menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia. One theory is that poor mental health may have unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, poor diet, and lack of exercise.

Contributors to this news report include Marsha Lewis, Producer; Roque Correa, Editor.

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