Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Conditions
Among older adults psychological stress can cause significant changes to their health. These stressors include the transition to retirement, bereavement, social isolation, and ageism. Additionally, certain personality traits can worsen health outcomes and shorten the life span of the individual, while other personality traits can be protective. Strengthening the individual’s coping skills, maintaining their social support systems, and identifying purpose in their lives may improve their health and well-being.
KeywordsPsychological factors Retirement Bereavement Loneliness Ageism Personality traits Purpose in life Mortality Fear of falling Elder abuse
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