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Adapting to aging ensures more quality of life in old age

Adapting to aging ensures more quality of life in old age

Having a happy old age depends on a number of factors, but mainly on how the elderly perceive themselves at this stage of life and their ability to adapt to changes and transformations typical of aging.

The ability to perform daily activities, from the most basic activities such as eating, bathing and walking, to the more complex ones such as managing finances and performing leisure activities, are fundamental for a full life. For this, the elderly must have their full physical, mental and emotional capacities, so that they can take care of their own life and give meaning to their own existence.

For some people there is fear of old age, loneliness and the sense of feeling less able to perform their daily activities or their ability to make decisions and govern their lives influences the way each one faces and lives aging.

Elderly people who can not adapt to these changes end up socially isolating themselves by interaction with other people, which can lead to loss of life satisfaction, pleasure and motivation, compromising their physical, intellectual and emotional capabilities.

For individuals who have a chronic illness, such as diabetes, high cholesterol , rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, adapting to the aging process along with these diseases can be more laborious, but not impossible, in addition to helping dim Invited the impact of the disease on the quality of life and avoid greater compromises.

It is necessary to reassess the possibilities, redefine goals and change strategies to cope with the environment and feelings, in order to adapt to the new demands of this phase of life,

With the general increase of the elderly population, it is important to guarantee the elderly not only greater longevity, but happiness and satisfaction with life. A recent study published in January 2014 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal investigated the relationship between pleasure and satisfaction among the elderly population. with life and the decline of physical function at more advanced ages. 3199 men and women over the age of 60 participated in this study.

In this research it was verified that people who have the most safisfaction with life, that is, that express feelings of happiness and pleasure live up to 8 years and in better physical conditions of the than people who are not satisfied with their lives.

In 2012, a study by researchers at University College London (UCL) in the UK concludes that elderly people who like life tend to live longer and with one condition physics better than unhappy individuals. The researchers found that people who had a poor sense of well-being were three times more likely to have problems performing daily activities.

The study shows that people at advanced ages who are happy and enjoying life show slower declines in physical ability. That is, being able to adapt the changes throughout the aging process and find alternative ways to enjoy life and be happy with what it accomplishes contributes to a longer and healthier life.

Written in conjunction with

Mariela Besse

, occupational therapist of the Longevità Institute. Specialist in Gerontology by the Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology. Master of Science from the Federal University of São Paulo. Affiliated to the Geriatrics and Gerontology Department of the Federal University of São Paulo. Member of the Board of the Brazilian Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology.


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