Psychological Factors Affecting Medical Conditions

Chapter

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Psychological factors Retirement Bereavement Loneliness Ageism Personality traits Purpose in life Mortality Fear of falling Elder abuse 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of California, San Diego (UCSD)San DiegoUSA

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