Positive Attitudes to Ageing among Older Adults

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This Scottish work led by Dr Susan Shenkin uses data from the Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 to explore attitudes to ageing in a group of healthy, community dwelling older people who have had demographic, physical, cognitive, social and mood parameters already collected. Society can have negative attitudes to ageing, but reports from older people themselves are scarce, and it was not known if they shared this negative view or if they might have a more positive outlook, and what factors throughout their life predicted this outlook.

The research found that older people's attitude to ageing are generally positive and that the main predictor to this attitude is their personality traits, with some effects from some aspects of social circumstances, physical well-being and mood.  To older adults the ageing experience appears much more positive than suggested by cultural stereotypes and preconceptions