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Good attitudes about aging help seniors handle stress

(North Carolina State University) New research from North Carolina State University finds that having a positive attitude about aging makes older adults more resilient when faced with stressful situations.
"There has been a lot of research on how older adults respond to stress, but the findings have been mixed: some studies have found that older adults are less resilient than younger adults at responding to stress; some have found that they're more resilient; and some have found no difference," says Jennifer Bellingtier, a Ph.D. student at NC State and lead author of a paper describing the work. "We wanted to see whether attitudes toward aging could account for this disparity in research findings. In other words, are older adults with positive attitudes about aging more resilient than older adults with negative attitudes?"
The answer is yes.
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