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and Purpose-Although higher optimism has been linked to an array of positive health outcomes, the association between optimism and incidence of stroke remains unclear, especially among older adults. We examined whether higher optimism was associated with a lower incidence of stroke. Method-Prospective data from the Health and Retirement Study-a nationally representative panel study of American adults aged Ͼ50 years-were used. Analyses were conducted for a 2-year follow-up on the subset of 6044doi:10.1161/strokeaha.111.613448 pmid:21778446 fatcat:4e64ru3w2fdkhgtlvsdbfbrwni