By SALLY POLLAK for Seven Days
Published June 7, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.
A few weeks before Nick Pattis installed a new exhibit at the Vermont Arts Council sculpture garden, he visited the site on State Street in Montpelier. Pattis, project manager at Yestermorrow Design/Build School in Waitsfield, was viewing the space for the first time.
“I was like, Wow, this is up front!” he recalled. “This is right across from the Statehouse — the big-time!”
People often say to look on the bright side of things, and though the phrase may seem trite, it turns out that positive thinking is more powerful than you might think. According to a recent study from the Yale School of Public Health, an optimistic outlook on aging can help older adults with mild cognitive impairment regain normal cognition.
Of those studied, positive thinkers who had adopted positive beliefs about aging from their culture were 30% more likely to recover, seeing improvement as early as two years faster than participants with negative age beliefs. Optimistic thoughts about aging “reduced the stress caused by cognitive challenges, increased self-confidence about cognition, and improved cognitive performance,” per a press release.
By KEVIN MCCALLUM for Seven Days
Published May 26, 2023 at 7:01 p.m.