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Personality at the Core of Optimal Aging

Karen Hooker, has shown that personality is a key driver of each component of successful aging:

  • prevention of disability and disease
  • maintenance of high cognitive and physical functioning
  • engagement with life

What type of person you are, how you set and meet goals, how you interact with others, and your openness to new experiences — all aspects of personality — lead to choices that influence healthy aging.Karen’s top three healthy personality behaviors?

  • Nurture relationships to be socially connected
  • Engage in useful activities to others to feel productive
  • Exercise regularly to improve mental and physical health