19815 Bay Branch Rd
Andalusia, Alabama 36420
(334) 222-2523
HELPLINE: 1-877-530-0002



Facebook    

 

SCAMHC is an approved Mental Health site for the National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment program.  Find out the program details and see if you qualify by visiting: http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/

SCAMHC is an Equal Opportunity Provider and Employer and maintains a Drug-Free Workplace

 

 

 

 


powered by centersite dot net
Aging & Geriatrics
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
AHA News: Tiring Easily May Warn of Future Heart TroubleTight Blood Pressure Control Could Help Save Aging BrainsToo Much Napping May Signal Alzheimer'sHealth Tip: Fatigue in Older AdultsHeart-Healthy Habits Good For Your BrainDespite Cancer Screening, 'Oldest Old' Have Low Survival Odds: StudyStay Social to Help Cut Your Odds of DementiaFrailty Not a Normal Part of AgingAnemia Linked to Higher Odds for Dementia in SeniorsIt's Not Just College Kids: Many Seniors Are Binge Drinking, TooMiddle Age Now a High-Risk Time for Bad FallsCould Extra Weight Weaken Your Brain?At Risk for Alzheimer's? Exercise Might Help Keep It at BayHealthy Living Can Cut Odds for Alzheimer's in People at Genetic RiskMore Evidence That Socializing Helps Protect the Aging BrainCould Computers, Crafts Help Preserve the Aging Brain?Ageism Disappears When Young and Old Spend Time TogetherMeals on Wheels Delivers an Extra Health Bonus for SeniorsSurvey Urges Grandparents to Lock Down Their Meds When Kids Visit3 Moves for Better BalanceForget the Past: Get Moving Now and Live LongerLonely Baby Boomers Driving Surge in Plastic SurgeryHealth Tip: Preventing GlaucomaEducation, Intelligence Might Protect Your BrainBones Help Black People Keep Facial Aging at BayCould You Afford Home Health Care? New Study Says Maybe NotFor Some, Trouble Tracking Finances Could Be Sign of DementiaFalls Are Increasingly Lethal for Older AmericansMany Middle-Aged Men May Have Signs of Thinning BonesThough 'Donut Hole' Is Shrinking, Medicare Drug Costs Are Rising: StudySenior Falls a Key Factor for Hospital ReadmissionRising Rx Drug Costs Continue to Create Tough Choices for SeniorsTake a New View of AgingThe Best Exercises for Brain HealthSudoku, Crosswords Could Make Your Brain Years YoungerHuhn? Scientists Working on Hearing Aid That Solves the 'Cocktail Party' ProblemBrain Bleed Risk Puts Safety of Low-Dose Aspirin in DoubtHealth Tip: Wellness for Older Adults'Robopets' Bring Companionship, Calm to Nursing Home ResidentsPotentially Blinding Shingles of the Eye on the RiseAnger a Threat to Health in Old AgeMorning Exercise Kick-Starts Seniors' BrainsHow Does Age Affect Creativity? Nobel Prize Winners Offer CluesMost U.S. Middle-Class Seniors Will Lack Funds for Assisted Living by 2029Health Tip: Improving Your MemoryEven a Little More Exercise Might Help Your Brain Stay YoungCan't Work Out During the Week? 'Weekend Warriors' Still BenefitAHA News: Here's How Middle-Aged People -- Especially Women -- Can Avoid a Heart AttackFinancial Scammers Often Prey on People With Early DementiaPros, Cons to Multiple Meds for Nursing Home Residents
Questions and AnswersVideosLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Depression: Depression & Related Conditions
Elder Care

Anger a Threat to Health in Old Age

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: May 9th 2019

new article illustration

THURSDAY, May 9, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- The loss of loved ones can hit the elderly particularly hard, but a new study suggests it's anger, and not sadness, that may damage the aging body more.

Anger can increase inflammation, which is linked with conditions such as heart disease, cancer and arthritis, the researchers said.

"As most people age, they simply cannot do the activities they once did, or they may experience the loss of a spouse or a decline in their physical mobility and they can become angry," explained lead author Meaghan Barlow, of Concordia University in Montreal.

"Our study showed that anger can lead to the development of chronic illnesses, whereas sadness did not," she added.

For the study, the investigators looked at 226 adults, aged 59 to 93, in Montreal, who completed questionnaires about how angry or sad they felt. The participants were also asked if they had any chronic illnesses, and blood samples were collected from them to measure inflammation.

According to study co-author Carsten Wrosch, of Concordia University, the findings showed that "experiencing anger daily was related to higher levels of inflammation and chronic illness for people 80 years old and older, but not for younger seniors."

However, sadness was "not related to inflammation or chronic illness," Wrosch added in an American Psychological Association news release.

Barlow suggested that sadness may help older seniors adjust to challenges such as physical and mental declines because it can help them disengage from doing things that are no longer possible.

So, she explained, negative emotions -- including anger -- aren't always bad and can be beneficial under certain circumstances.

"Anger is an energizing emotion that can help motivate people to pursue life goals," Barlow said.

"Younger seniors may be able to use that anger as fuel to overcome life's challenges and emerging age-related losses, and that can keep them healthier. Anger becomes problematic for adults once they reach 80 years old, however, because that is when many experience irreversible losses and some of life's pleasures fall out of reach," she added.

Education and therapy may help older adults keep anger in check by regulating their emotions or by providing them with strategies to manage aging-related physical and mental changes, the study authors noted.

"If we better understand which negative emotions are harmful, not harmful or even beneficial to older people, we can teach them how to cope with loss in a healthy way," Barlow said. "This may help them let go of their anger."

The findings were published May 9 in the journal Psychology and Aging.

More information

HealthinAging.org offers wellness and prevention resources.