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“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

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Author(s): MASSACHUSETS GENERAL HOSPITAL
Publication: MIND, MOOD & MEMORY
Source (URL, Date, Pages): MARCH 2015 ISSUE

People who consider themselves young for their age may be onto something. A recent study suggests that feeling younger than your real age is associated with a longer life. Using data gathered in a long term study on aging, researchers compared reports from participants concerning how old they felt death rate over a period of eight years. The scientists found that participants who said they felt three or more years younger than their chronological age were less likely to die than were those published who reported feeling their age or older than their actual age, according to a paper published online Dec. 15, 2014 in JAMA Internal Medicine.

In contrast with a 14 percent rate among participants who felt more youthful, those who felt their age experienced a 19 percent death rate, hose who felt older than their age experienced a 25 percent death rate, often from cardiovascular disease. After controlling for factors such as chronic health problems, disability, and depression, researchers found that participants who reported feeling older than their age faced a 41 percent greater risk of death than did those who felt younger. The study authors suggested that feelings of optimism associated with youthfulness might encourage a sense of control over issues such as diet, exercise, and stress reduction, making individuals more likely to take care of their overall health and enjoy an extended lifespan.

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DoritaDelemos 300x400In 2014, Dorita DeLemos Down established “The P.A.C.E. Group, LLC”, under which she writes a blog and continues to lecture and write articles on brain injuries and stroke.  Recent information has proven that “The more you work with the brain, the healthier it becomes”.  She is a good example of that statement. From 2005 to 2008 she was engaged as Spanish language Consultant to NIH/NINDS and participated in lectures, conferences, and conventions nationwide.

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