Beliefs about savoring in older adulthood: Aging and perceived health affect temporal components of perceived savoring ability.

TitleBeliefs about savoring in older adulthood: Aging and perceived health affect temporal components of perceived savoring ability.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
JournalPersonality and individual differences
Volume105
Pagination164-169
Date Published2017
ISSN0191-8869
Abstract

The ability to savor positive life events is associated with higher emotional well-being; however, few studies have examined savoring ability in older adults. The present study used a longitudinal design to examine changes in perceived savoring abilities and associations with perceived health in older adulthood. Older adults (N=131) reported on beliefs about savoring and perceived health at baseline and 2½ years later. Perceived anticipation (savoring the future) and reminiscing (savoring the past) abilities declined from baseline to follow-up. Better perceived health at baseline predicted greater perceived reminiscing and anticipation abilities at follow-up. Greater perceived ability to savor the present moment at baseline predicted better perceived health at follow-up. Aging and poorer health focus older adults' thoughts on present-moment pleasures, which may benefit health, but may also lead to reductions in perceived anticipation and reminiscing abilities.

DOI10.1016/j.paid.2016.09.049
Short TitlePers Individ Dif
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