(NEW YORK) -- Researchers say that optimism, an open mind and a will to live are the keys to successful aging, according to a report in USA Today.
Study results presented at a meeting of the Gerontological Society of America linked psychological factors to the health and well-being of subjects ages 65-94.
"We see less decline, maybe even growth" among older people who possess character traits such as persistence and optimism, said Daniela Jopp of Fordham University.
Jay Firman, president of the National Council on Aging, noted that this mindset would be particularly vital for Baby Boomers to thrive as they continue to face changes that come with aging.
"A lot of people will get depressed when they give up careers. They will have to find a new sense of self-worth," said Firman.
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