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Attitudes towards Aging often Affect Health

Attitudes towards Aging often Affect Health

October 27, 2017 | by the National Care Planning Council

Among the myriad of wonderful ideas available to caregivers for coping with the care of a loved one, some strategies that can influence the attitude of care recipients are often neglected. On strategy, simply put, is cultivating a more positive attitude towards aging. This can have a profound effect on the health of a care recipient.

Many elderly buy into the notion that they themselves are no longer useful and are a burden to others. As a result, the aging make little attempt to keep themselves healthy and active. After all, they are getting closer to the end of their lives and have no desire to try new things or to challenge themselves or to eat or exercise properly.

There is a great deal of research that demonstrates aging individuals can learn, retain memory and be actively involved in business and their community. A lack of physical exercise, social involvement and mental stimulation in older Americans often leads to deterioration of minds and their bodies. The older person's negative attitude towards aging becomes self-fulfilling.

Many studies show older people who are physically active have less joint pain, lower blood pressure, less depression, fewer heart attacks and a lower incidence of cancer. Proper nutrition also has the same affect on the aging process; it delays the progression of debilitating illness or disability. Recent research even suggest that weight loss and exercise can reverse the severity of diabetes.

Lack of social stimulation can also lead to poor mental health. Having an interest in something not only stimulates an older person's mind but also creates a better mental attitude which results often in better health. There is empirical evidence that using one's brain may prevent dementia in older age.

Here are some suggestions that might help caregivers improve the health of an aging loved one suffering from chronic medical afflictions, depression or debilitating physical challenges:

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