Seniors mental and physical health linked to optimism, wisdom and loneliness
on 09 May 2019
life is the brain

When we are young, we are sharp, agile and, very often, decisive. However, once we pass 30 or so, that starts to move in the opposite direction, slowly at first and increasing with each passing decade. So, the best time to make decisions that will help you maintain your fitness and health, for longer, is obviously in your 30'. However, starting later, at any age, is better than never starting at all; here's why . . . 

Can we really become sage with age?

On the understanding that governments and businesses will begin to get serious about the threats to our planet, because of global warming, and do more to make life sustainable, the next thing most younger people today will face in the future, is increasing old age. People in their 20' and 30' today will likely live beyond 100 and still be fit and healthy. However, what about those now in their 40' and 50'? Well, they need to do more to reduce stress and anxiety because those factors add significant stress to our bodies and brain. The stresses to the body will most likely manifest as physical ailments, disease and premature ageing etc. However, stress to the brain actually impairs the way it functions as well as, the quality of our performance, resilience, sleep, relaxation and life, and, of course, it is instrumental in our physical responses too.

This research goes some way to shed light on the importance of how we think, behave and consequently, feel! So, generally speaking, if we think and behave better, a richer feeling of life is likely to follow. This same principle applies to everyday physical items we use, the better we look after things, the longer they last. Maybe because there is symmetry in living and non-living things because of the atomic and molecular composition? So, the earlier we start to make good decisions, the kind that doesn't become apparent until we reach those advancing years, the better. This is just common sense, stop smoking and drinking in your 30' you will like to experience very little or no deleterious effect in your 80'. But stopping in your 60', well, that a whole other ball game, nevertheless, it's still worth stopping unhealthy lifestyle habits, no matter the age!

The takeaway from this research is, stay calm, discover inner peace and happiness and live a long and happy life! Hypnotherapy is your shortcut to reaching this calm peaceful state of inner peace and outer calm. This is because it uniquely allows us to make specific changes at the level of our brain; the very place where memories are stored. Memories are the brain's mechanism that elicits behaviours and thoughts and from that, the feelings that describe the experience we call life. Many of the things that bring about unwanted behaviours and thoughts are a consequence of the way our brain was wired from those earliest moments of life. And while a young, immature and developing brain makes strategies, decisions and forms memories that enable those strategies to be acted out, they are by no means as sophisticated as the decisions we are capable of as adults! However, it is the immature and dysfunctional way those early memories are formed, that disempower us as adults. So, even with a developed brain, we can be disabled from making functional decisions, purely because of the immature undeveloped neural decisions formed while we were young? Hypnotherapy allows us to reconsolidate those immature and dysfunctional memories and update the various systems within the brain that allowed that dysfunctionality to play out.

Hypnosis is a proven and effective way to achieve change at the level of your brain. Hypnotherapy can effectively rewrite the neural code that changes the way memory, or memories, expresses themselves, change that, and you change everything! Once these memories have been rewritten, the new neural code becomes mostly permanent.

Hypnotherapy stands out as one of the most effective strategic life management methods there is, especially in its ability to promote clear thinking and good states of mental wellness. The behaviours that make life challenging are often a result of too much stress, too little sleep and too little by way of clarity! So, to get or take back control of your mind and your life, it makes perfect sense to use a methodology that addresses the subconscious mind's role in perpetuating negative, vague and ambiguous states of mind. Hypnosis helps us to create calm relaxing states of mind that make life work better! If you would like to address any concerns you have in this direction, or, if you just want to make your life feel better,  then why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation? Hypnosis gives you the ability to have a good life! 

The objective here is to help people understand how and why we become illogically trapped into irrational emotional experiences that may actually be happening for reasons different to that which we would imagine! If you want to know more about how Hypnotherapy can help you; why not make an appointment for a Free Consultation?

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The Research:

Ten thousand Baby Boomers turn 65 every day. By 2029, the entire generation born between 1946 and 1964 will be at least that old. What happens next concerns millions of people worldwide.

Advancing age is broadly associated with declining cognitive, physical and mental health. In a new study of older adults living independently in a senior continuing care facility, researchers at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine analyzed how distinctive factors, such as wisdom, loneliness, income and sleep quality, impact -- for good and bad -- the physical and mental functioning of older persons.

Writing in the May 8, 2019 issue of American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, a research team headed by Dilip Jeste, MD, principal investigator of the study, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at UC San Diego School of Medicine and director of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging, found that physical health correlated with both cognitive function and mental health.

Specifically, cognitive function was significantly associated with physical mobility, wisdom and satisfaction with life. Physical health was associated with mental well-being, resilience and younger age. Mental health was linked to optimism, self-compassion, income and lower levels of loneliness and sleep disturbances.

"Continuing care senior housing communities are important sites for studying and promoting health in older adults," said Jeste. "Most people focus on diseases and risk factors, like old age, unhealthy diet and lack of activity. These are important, of course, but we also need to focus on areas that make up the whole person.

"Psychological traits like optimism, resilience, wisdom and self-compassion were found to be protective, while loneliness seemed to be a risk factor. An 85-year-old can be functioning better than a 65-year-old due to protective and risk factors."

In modern society, said co-author Danielle Glorioso, LCSW, executive director of the UC San Diego Center for Healthy Aging, ageing persons do not necessarily receive the support of younger family members who can serve as caregivers.

"Younger family members have jobs and children to take care of," said Glorioso, "so older adults often have to choose between staying at home and feeling lonely versus moving to a more supportive and socially engaging senior housing system. This becomes an important but complex decision impacted by a large number of factors, including the financial cost of the senior housing."

A popular model of supported senior housing provides a continuum of care, from independent living to assisted living to full-time care for significant physical and cognitive impairment. For the majority of continuing care senior housing facilities, costs increase as residents transition to greater levels of assisted living. "Delaying these transitions through facilitating longer independent living should be an important health care goal," said Jeste. "Our findings shed light on areas that need to be a focus for seniors to live full, enriched lives."

One hundred and twelve residents participated in the study, with a mean age of 84. Sixty-eight per cent were female; 69 per cent possessed a college education; 41 per cent were married, and 72 per cent reported total annual incomes exceeding $50,000.

Jeste said more longitudinal studies involving diverse samples of older adults are necessary to determine if psychosocial and other variables are potential risks or protective factors related to cognitive, physical and mental health and diseases.

"The eventual goal would be to develop new health-focused interventions based on such research. Senior centres in the community should incorporate activities that address physical, social and mental aspects. We can all do something to improve and strengthen the quality of life of our ageing population."

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Journal Reference:

  1. Dilip V. Jeste, Danielle Glorioso, Ellen E. Lee, Rebecca Daly, Sarah Graham, Jinyuan Liu, Alejandra Morlett Paredes, Camille Nebeker, Xin Tu, Elizabeth W. Twamley, Ryan Van Patten, Yasunori Yamada, Colin Depp, Ho-Cheol Kim. TEMPORARY REMOVAL: Study of Independent Living Residents of a Continuing Care Senior Housing Community: Sociodemographic and Clinical Associations of Cognitive, Physical, and Mental HealthThe American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2019; DOI: 10.1016/j.jagp.2019.04.002

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The University of California - San Diego. "Physical and mental health of seniors linked to optimism, wisdom and loneliness: Findings can be used to develop new, health-focused interventions in ageing populations." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 8 May 2019. <>.