Is Psychological Resilience Associated With Physical Recovery in Older Adults?

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The purpose of this article is to provide rehabilitation professionals with an overview of psychological resilience and how it is relevant to their practice. Older adults who are able to adjust to the physical changes associated with aging are often identified as resilient. Assessment of resilience and encouraging positive emotions may provide rehabilitation professionals with additional knowledge of how to help patients recover and thrive. Psychological resilience refers to the ability to respond flexibly to changing situations and to bounce back from negative emotional experiences such as those that may be encountered during physical rehabilitation.

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