Learn how improving older adults’ perceptions of aging
can impact their health, behaviors, and even longevity
People are often unaware of the extent to which their views of aging shape their expectations and actions. But for older adults, their perceptions of aging—and their self-perceptions—can have serious effects on their health, behaviors, and even longevity. The good news is that research has shown these perceptions can be changed, and organizations that serve older adults can promote more positive perceptions of aging.
In this Orange Paper, you’ll learn:
- how to engage older adults in behaviors and view experiences in adaptive ways.
- ways to help older adults develop more positive perceptions of aging.
- what to consider when developing programs as they relate to older adults’ perceptions of aging.
From this Orange Paper:
Older adults with more negative perceptions of aging reported greater increases in depressive symptoms, but high levels of optimism helped protect against this effect. Older adults with more positive perceptions of aging tend to engage in more preventive health behaviors compared to older adults with more negative perceptions of aging.