Research Highlights

A recent Oregon State University study concluded that if you believe you are capable of becoming the healthy, engaged person you want to be in old age, you are much more likely to experience that outcome. Previous studies on aging have found that how people thought about themselves at age 50 predicted a wide range of future health outcomes up to 40 years later — cardiovascular events, memory, balance, will to live, hospitalizations; even mortality. Specifically, that research showed that people who have positive views of aging at 50 live 7.5 years longer, on average, than people who don’t. Because self-perceptions of aging are linked to so many major health outcomes, the OSU team wanted to understand what influences those...

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