It appears that our self-perception may have an impact on our aging process...
This is the conclusion of a very serious scientific study conducted by the University of Exeter Medical School. According to the results of this study, the positive thoughts an elderly person has about themselves could influence their aging process! While the role of psychology in one's overall health is well-established, the idea that one's mood directly affects the physical aging of an elderly person is a remarkable finding that could open up endless possibilities for researchers and psychologists studying the aging phenomenon.
That's why it's essential to choose a nursing home or assisted living facility where your loved one feels well-supported and, most importantly, confident. Selecting a suitable facility is not just about opting for a well-equipped establishment with modern infrastructure; it's primarily about choosing a place where they will spend happy days. A place tailored to their preferences, with a park or a piano if they enjoy playing. A place where they already have acquaintances or a nursing home close to their roots and family, who can visit them frequently.
Since the role of a positive mood is so crucial, it's no surprise that this choice is vital. Furthermore, if we delve a bit deeper into this study, it turns out there is a link between seeing oneself as old and fragile and accelerated aging. In other words, an elderly person with a positive attitude who feels youthful will preserve their youthful vitality for a longer time. It's the perception of themselves as aging individuals that leads some elderly people into a kind of vicious cycle. They decide to disengage from the social activities that used to be part of their daily lives, as well as the physical and sports activities that kept them fit. This leads to a rapid decline in their independence.
With that said, it's up to each individual to work on their self-perception! Apparently, it's worth the effort!
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