The New Science of Positive Aging

December 1, 2019

Say goodbye to stereotypes
The first trick in positive aging psychology is to stop internalizing the negative stereotypes around you. There are a lot of drug ads on TV to remind you of the potential symptoms (hair loss, incontinence, arthritis, etc.) that may occur as you age. Financial institutions and insurance companies like to scare listeners on a regular basis because they don’t do enough with retirement plans and financial stability.

Aging of the population is often portrayed in movies and television as a burden on the family; the Sandwich Generation, along with their children and parents, is being pushed from both sides to financial and emotional support. Although you can’t sniff the potential hazards of aging, what you can do is reduce the fear of loneliness, idleness, and disease in older people by reviewing these stereotypes and finding successful examples. After retirement.

Take a look at former President Jimmy Carter, who built houses in the 1980s and continued his charity work in his Habitat / Carter work program through the 1990s. Then came Lil Hanson, a 104-year-old native of Michigan who is still teaching yoga. The CEOs of companies such as Warren Buffett, Rupert Murdoch and J. Willard Marriott were all born in the early 1930s.

When you begin to gather evidence to support the belief that your life is not only possible but also likely to be long and fulfilling, it will help to eliminate negative stereotypes around you.

Active aging psychology
Positive aging is a branch of positive psychology-research that makes life worthwhile-focusing on technologies and policies that help the aging population to become more resilient. In 2015, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized that making better choices in the later years of your life will provide you with an opportunity to be productive, active and sustainable. Active aging is the direction of social development that celebrates the process of aging.

Positive aging supports people of all ages by:

Realize their full potential
Building better solidarity between generations
Respect and encourage economic, cultural and social participation throughout life
Building a society with the main goals of equality, independence, participation, care, self-realization and dignity
Happiness is a subjective assessment of people’s life experiences. As you age, the criteria for happiness and successful aging are as follows:

Positive relationship
Self-efficacy
Self-compassion
self conscious
Ability to accept change
sense of humor
When these six criteria are nurtured, optimal functioning and lasting satisfaction can be the result. How do you conduct positive aging research and apply it to life?

Your body
It is important to stay active and focus on balance and flexibility. In addition, bone health through gentle weight training and cardiovascular health is also important. It is also important to ensure that you sleep well and wake up. As your body’s digestive and dietary needs change with age, it’s important to focus on what powers your body.

Self-care doesn’t have to take all the time, but with a clear focus on maintaining or improving your health, you can prepare for success.

Your brain
For years, scientists have thought that the brain stopped developing new neural pathways after the first few years of life. This means that the critical period of development is from birth to the age of five, and the brain is malleable only in youth. New neuroplasticity science has determined the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. This phenomenon illustrates the ability of the brain to adapt and respond throughout life. Functions lost due to degeneration can be regained or restored through new neural connections.