A key to healthy aging is attitude. Optimists age better than pessimists. That's a fact. Also, it is important to remain socially connected and involved in at least one activity that lets you feel vital and purposeful. We are social animals; we need to be part of a social network. Studies show that once a person stops feeling that he has a purposeful role in the world outside of himself, he starts to decline. Love, social connection, and laughing all enhance the immune cells and help keep the inflammatory process in check. Studies also show that even if elderly people are fairly isolated socially, if they have a pet (or even plants), their immune system is enhanced and their life span is increased! Sexual arousal also enhances your immune system, so it's not just fun but healthy to keep up your sex life as you age.
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Kelly Traver, Internal Medicine, answered
Sharine Forbes, Gerontology, answered
The MacArthur study suggests that those who posses a “self-efficacy” quality will also age better because they have a more optimistic outlook on overall aging process (Williams & Kemper, 2010).