Research

This section highlights peer reviewed research papers which underpin the Positive Ageing approach as outlined in the forthcoming workbook – The Ten Steps of Positive Ageing.

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Facebook as a site for negative age stereotypes

Research by Becca Levy and colleagues has found ageism to exist in social networking sites. She conducted a content analysis of each ...

Gratitude can be effective in reducing anxiety about death

This study investigated whether a brief gratitude induction could reduce death anxiety. 83 Chinese older adults (mean age = 62.7, SD = ...

Greater anxiety about death associated with less attention to own health care needs

The relationship of death anxiety/fear to health beliefs and behaviors was examined. Using a variety of survey tools – the ...

Relationship between age identity and pessimism about cognitive ageing

Drawing on past studies of age identity, this research examined whether feeling older was associated with more pessimistic views about ...

Feeling younger than actual age associated with better satisfaction with life

Research indicates that maintaining a more youthful identity (i.e., a larger discrepancy between actual and subjective age) is ...

Impact of stereotypical attitudes on health and wellbeing

Ageism largely remains a socially tolerated form of discrimination. From birthday cards to anti-ageing advertisements and comedy ...

Positive attitudes towards ageing protect against dementia

One of the strongest risk factors for dementia is the ε4 variant of the APOE gene. Yet, many who carry it never develop dementia. The ...

Optimism associated with exceptional longevity

Optimism is a psychological attribute characterised as the general expectation that good things will happen, or the belief that the ...

Having sex in older age can make you happier and healthier

Sex is an essential part of human relationships – no matter what age. Contrary to many ageist assumptions older people do still ...

Different ways of retiring have different impacts on satisfaction with life

The ways that people retire can differ significantly – particularly with regard to the choice and control involved. Researchers ...

Understanding the psychological drivers of loneliness

The purpose of this paper is to outline the need to develop a more balanced approach to addressing the various types of loneliness ...

Negative attitudes about ageing shorten lives

How we think about ageing has been shown to have a very significant impact on how long we live. One of the first pieces of research to ...