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J Gerontol Nurs. 2003 Dec;29(12):42-9.

Resilience and successful aging. Comparison among low and high income older adults.

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Friends Research Institute, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland, USA.


1 Resilience, a personality characteristic that moderates the negative effects of stress and promotes adaptation, has been associated with better health in prior studies. 2 Successful aging can be defined as the enjoyment of health and vigor of the mind, body, and spirit into middle age and beyond. 3 Individuals with lower incomes may be less likely to achieve successful aging because of a higher prevalence of health risk factors. 4 Resilience appears to be positively and significantly associated with indicators of successful aging regardless of income.

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