Healthy aging begins with a dose of optimism

A survey by USA Today, United Healthcare, and the National Council on Aging found that older people today are finding it easier to manage stress levels and handle health conditions on their own. More than 80 percent of adults over 60 agreed with the statement, “I have a strong sense of purpose and passion about my life and future.” In addition, a majority of respondents believed that as they age, they would either maintain or improve their current successful and enjoyable lifestyles. This represents the pleasure and optimism that is now associated with getting older. Scientists equate these beliefs to the stress that is relieved once adults retire from their jobs and are no longer raising kids. Another contributor to healthy lifestyles is the practice of meditation and prayer.

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