Behavioral Determinants of Healthy Aging Revisited: Update on Good News for the Baby Boomer Generation

Paula E. Hartman-Stein, PhD and Jeanette Biermann, PhD

 

Overview:

The answer to the question, "Can this generation of Americans expect to achieve a satisfying, high-quality life as older adults?" is a resounding yes. Today, there is greater clarity and more specific detail as to exactly what the Baby Boomer generation should, and can, be doing to insure that they have the quality of life as older adults that they have become accustomed to in their younger years. To that end, this article will examine the updated recommendations for physical activity and psychological elements associated with healthy aging.

Purpose/Goal: To examine the updated recommendations for physical activity and psychological elements associated with healthy aging.


Objectives:

1. Discuss successful aging and the variables that predict successful aging.
2. Identify the importance and the effects on the aging process of regularly exercising.
3. Explain the rationale for engaging in cognitively stimulating activities as one ages.
4. Describe the process, strategies and effects of maintaining an optimistic outlook about the aging process.


Author:

Two of the original authors updated the original article. Paula E. Hartman-Stein, PhD, is in private practice as a clinical geropsychologist at the Center for Healthy Aging in Kent, Ohio, a behavioral healthcare practice she began in 1994. Jeanette Biermann, PhD, is currently working on requirements for a PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Akron. She works under the supervision of Dr. Paula Hartman-Stein at the Center for Healthy Aging in Kent, Ohio.

The planners and author(s) of this CNE activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.


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Expiration Date: 12/31/2012

 

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