study

Study debunks the myth of age-related decline

Thursday, December 20, 2012 by: David Gutierrez, staff writer
Tags: age-related decline, medical myths, brain function

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Delicious
(NaturalNews) In many people, cognitive skills and quality of life improve steadily even to the end of life, according to a study conducted by researchers from the University of California-San Diego, Stanford University, and published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

According to popular U.S. perception, aging is defined by progressive physical, cognitive and psychosocial decline. The country's changing demographics - there are currently 40 million people over the age of 65, with the fastest growth among people over 80 - are regularly discussed as a public health problem.

"While there is a growing public health interest in understanding and promoting successful aging, until now little published research has combined measures of physical health with cognitive and psychological assessments, in a large and randomly selected sample," said lead researcher Dilip V. Jeste.

The Successful Aging Evaluation (SAGE) study included 1,006 elderly residents of San Diego, all of whom completed a 25-minute phone interview and a comprehensive mail-in survey. Participants answered objective questions about their health to allow researchers to determine their degree of chronic disease and disability. They also answered subjective questions about life characteristics such social engagement and their own perception, on a 10-point scale, of the degree to which they had "successfully aged."

Successful aging was not defined by the researchers, allowing the participants to answer based on their own understanding of the concept.

Perceived well-being improves with advancing age

"Even though older age was closely associated with worse physical and cognitive functioning, it was also related to better mental functioning," co-author Colin Depp said.

The researchers also found that the effects of a person's self-perception were comparable in importance to their objective physical health. Participants who rated themselves as aging more successfully had higher cognitive function, less depression, more optimism and resilience, more education, and perceived their physical and mental health as better than participants who thought they had aged less successfully. These findings were independent of the patients' objective physical condition.

"Sometimes the most relevant outcomes are from the perspective of the subjects themselves," said Jeste.

Participants' attitudes about their aging success were also independent of income, education, marriage, or other potentially confounding variables.

"It was clear to us that, even in the midst of physical or cognitive decline, individuals in our study reported feeling that their well-being had improved with age," Jeste said.

The study has serious implications for how individuals and their healthcare providers approach advancing age, Jeste said.

"Perfect physical health is neither necessary nor sufficient," he said. "There is potential for enhancing successful aging by fostering resilience and treating or preventing depression."

It also suggests we might need to change the ways that we talk about aging as a society, he noted.

"There is considerable discussion in public forums about the financial drain on the society due to rising costs of healthcare for older adults - what some people disparagingly label the 'silver tsunami,'" Jeste said. "But, successfully aging older adults can be a great resource for younger generations."

Sources:

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/12/121207085549.htm

Explore more on Age-related decline by searching on GoodGopher.com, the search engine for truth seekers.
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.