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Do positive seniors age better?

Do positive seniors age better?
15th July 2011

Older people who may be using assisted living or home care, may age better if they approach situations positively, researchers have said.

According to a study published in journal Biological Psychiatry, a biased tendency towards and preference for positive, emotionally gratifying experiences known as the "positivity effect" can help individuals age successfully.

Older individuals with a strong signal in the brain when they were distracted by a happy face were more likely to have a better emotional stability.

Author Dr Stefanie Brassen said: "Integrating our findings with the assumptions of life span theories we suggest that motivational goal-shifting in healthy aging leads to a self-regulated engagement in positive emotions even when this is not required by the setting."

In other news, Emer O'Neill, chief executive of the Depression Alliance, maintains that a healthy diet and lifestyle are "essential" when dealing with depression.

Read about support and personalised care at Barchester care homes for anyone with mental health concerns.