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Positive thinking can be the secret to Healthy Ageing

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  • Think positive- the secret of living
  • One should have a proper motto towards his/her life .
  • Negative minded people die 6-7 years early than the happy ones.

Ageism is the tendency to evaluate older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment. Ageing is all about life and death . It’s about how you perceive your thoughts. They say life is a long journey. Well, let’s make it a bit longer.

Becca Levy (Research professor of epidemiology and phycology at Yale School of Public and Health) said: “it depends on how much a given individual takes those negative ideas to heart.” She observed a disjoint set of people who were in their late middle age. There was a difference of opinion among people. Some considered aging as a natural phenomenon and though it as becoming more experienced and wise. The others considered aging as becoming older people who are weak and dependent. There was a significant difference in lifespan between the former and the latter ones. While the latter died 7 years before former lived 7 and half years more.

This doesn’t mean that thinking positively and being a couch potato will keep you alive for more years. Our mind and body are way more interconnected than our imaginations. Studies have shown that people with positive mindset are more likely to recover from major health setbacks. While people having no major impairment but did had a negative mindset are likely to later develop the brain changes associated with Alzheimer’s diseases. More their thoughts degrade lesser their lifespan becomes.

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Old people with no positive attitude, Wikimedia commons

One can idolize 95-year-old Jim Shute of Medford, Ore. His daily routine comprises of waking up at 6.30 am followed by reading a local newspaper. After having breakfast he makes a check on his garden’s irrigation system. In his spare time, he also goes fishing, refinishes furniture.

Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist and behavioural scientist in Chicago tells that It’s not necessary to do all those things but to live a contempt life and having a purpose for life is good enough to achieve health dividends. It gives a sense of accomplishment.

These positive minded people are substantially less prone to strokes and disability. One shouldn’t assume that he/she is useless. Have a motive, change your attitude towards life and good things will along our way.

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-by Pritam. Pritam is an engineering student and an intern at Newsgram . Twitter handle-  Pritam_gogreen

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  • devika todi

    i have heard that a positive mind leads to a positive life. it should say that a positive mind leads to a longer, healthier and positive life!

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Commonly Used Antidepressant Can Help Delay Ageing of Brain Cells, Says Study

In the new study, appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience, they put the drug in the drinking water of mice at various ages for various amounts of time

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Administering commonly used antidepressant fluoxetine to mice helped restore youthful flexibility to their ageing brain cells, showed a study.

The study provides fresh evidence that the decline in the capacity of brain cells to change, called “plasticity,” rather than a decline in total cell numbers may underlie some of the sensory and cognitive declines associated with normal brain ageing.

Scientists at the MIT revealed that in mice treated with fluoxetine, also known as Prozac, the inhibitory interneurons in the visual cortex remained just as abundant during ageing, but their arbors become simplified and they become much less structurally dynamic and flexible.

They could also restore a significant degree of lost plasticity to the cells.

“Here we show that fluoxetine can also ameliorate the age-related decline in structural and functional plasticity of visual cortex neurons,” said the scientists including lead author Ronen Eavri from MIT.

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Administering commonly used antidepressant fluoxetine to mice helped restore youthful flexibility to their ageing brain cells.
 “Our finding that fluoxetine treatment in ageing mice can attenuate the concurrent age-related declines in interneuron structural and visual cortex functional plasticity suggests it could provide an important therapeutic approach towards mitigation of sensory and cognitive deficits associated with ageing, provided it is initiated before severe network deterioration,” they added.

A previous study had shown that fluoxetine promotes interneuron branch remodelling in young mice, so the team decided to see whether it could do so for older mice and restore plasticity as well.

In the new study, appearing in the Journal of Neuroscience, they put the drug in the drinking water of mice at various ages for various amounts of time.

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Three-month-old mice treated for three months showed little change in dendrite growth compared to untreated controls, but 25 per cent of the cells in six-month-old mice treated for three months showed significant new growth (at the age of 9 months).

But among 3-month-old mice treated for six months, 67 per cent of cells showed new growth by the age of 9 months, showing that treatment starting early and lasting for six months had the strongest effect. (IANS)