Dr. Dilip Jeste and Healthy Aging

Dilip Jeste, MD, Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences and director of the Center on Healthy Aging at UC San Diego made some very good points recently in the August 2016 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry regarding recent findings when it comes to aging adults:

jeste_dilip“Their improved sense of psychological well-being was linear and substantial. Participants reported that they felt better about themselves and their lives year upon year, decade after decade. Some investigators have reported a U-shaped curve of well-being across the lifespan, with declines from early adulthood to middle age followed by an improvement in later adulthood. The nadir of mental health in this model occurs during middle age, roughly 45 to 55. However, we did not find such a mid-life dip in well-being. The reasons for improved positive mental health in old age are not clear. Some previous research has shown older adults become more adept at coping with stressful changes. They learn not to sweat out the little things. And a lot of previously big things become little. Inadequate attention has been paid to mental health issues that continue or get exacerbated post-adolescence. We need to understand mechanisms underlying better mental health in older age in spite of more physical ailments. That would help develop broad-based interventions to promote mental health in all age groups, including youth.”

Read the entire article: Graying but Grinning: Despite Physical Ailments, Older Adults Happier
 Ref: August 2016 issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
 Other co-authors include: Christopher N. Kaufmann, Barton W. Palmer, Colin A. Depp, Averria Sirkin Martin, Danielle K. Glorioso, and Wesley K. Thompson, all at UC San Diego.
Funding for this research came, in part, from the National Institute of Mental Health (T32 MH019934, R01 MH099987, R01 MH094151, K23 MH102420) and the Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging at UC San Diego

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