Positive Attitude, Respect for Elders Help Older People Live Longer

Scientific data compiled and analyzed by Orb Media found that senior citizens who had a more positive outlook about aging were more likely to live longer and be less prone to health problems. In addition, seniors who encountered younger people who show respect for their elders were also reported to be in better health.

Based on Orb Media’s analysis, older people who were happier about facing their later years in life were in better health than those who held negative views about growing older. The latter group were more likely to have shorter lifespans and experience serious medical conditions, such as a heart attack or a stroke, according to various studies cited by Orb Media.

A study conducted by Becca Levy at the Yale School of Public Health found that those who have a positive attitude towards getting older live 7.5 years longer than those who do not. They also have fewer instances of anxiety or depression, exhibit better well-being and recover more quickly from an injury. In addition, they decrease their chances of developing dementia or the markers of Alzheimer’s disease.

The article emphasized that “[h]ealthy aging is increasingly important” as the U.S., Canada and parts of South America, Europe, Asia and Australia are seeing exponential growth of their elderly populations. According to the United Nations World Population Prospects, 8.3% of today’s population worldwide are seniors. Within 30 years, that percentage will increase to 15.8%.

Another aspect that helps senior citizens live longer and better is the level of respect they are shown by other people. Based on data compiled from Orb Media, countries such as Pakistan have a higher level of respect for seniors than other nations. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the United Nations and other international agencies found that people over the age of 50 who live in such countries have a lower risk of living in poverty. That is because of the strong family structure that exists in the home: the elder is cared for by their younger loved ones and continues to be the family’s head of household and main decision maker.

“This attitude towards aging is a much healthier embrace of the aging process, rather than having all of your notions of well-being and attractiveness and self-worth being tied so closely to youth,” said Fatza Mushtaq, an assistant professor of sociology at the Institute of Business Administration in Karachi, Pakistan, told Orb Media.

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