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Aging With Attitude, Positive Attitude: OSU Says It Helps

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You forgot where you put your keys, or you just can't remember the name of that guy in that movie. If you declare that a "senior moment," you might not be doing much good.

For one thing, people forget things at all ages; neurologists love to point that out. For another, optimism appears to play a key role in HOW we age.

That's a finding from a recent paper out of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University.

OSU Professor Karen Hooker and doctoral candidate Shelbie Turner teamed up on the report; both of them visit with details of how thinking more positively can result in a more positive aging experience.

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