A Scandinavian study has found that high morale is linked to longer life in the elderly. The study found that older people who have something to look forward to are likely to live longer compared to those who are pessimistic.
In a study published on March 15 in the journal Age and Ageing, researchers followed 646 people aged 89 on average. These people are from Northern Sweden and Western, Reuters reports.
Researchers, headed by Umea University geriatrician Dr Johan Niklasson, followed the participants from 2000 to 2002, and then in 2005 to 2007, asking them questions via phone or in person about aging. They also obtained data from registries to monitor death and illnesses.
In the first part of the interview, 302 participants reported high morale; 203 were categorised to have moderate morale; and 141 belonged to the low-morale category. The study defines morale as “future-oriented optimism.”
The results showed that those who belonged to the high-morale category were much younger, not malnourished, not socially isolated compared to those who belonged to the low- or moderate-morale category.