The passive/positive combination reveals that contentment, relaxed and ease are some of the most common feelings people feel as they age group, Ross said. Feelings that are both active and negative, such as for example anger and anxiety, are unlikely among the elderly especially. The scholarly research examined 1,450 responses to the 1996 U.S. General Social Survey carried out by the National Opinion Analysis Center, including English-speaking people aged 18 and old. The gender distribution of the sample was 56 % female and 44 % male, and the racial distribution was 81 % white, 14 % African American and 5 % other races.‘I completely disagree with [the new suggestion],’ stated Dr. Len Horovitz, a pulmonary expert at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City. ‘I have many patients who deny shortness of breath upon exertion yet have COPD, moderate sometimes. You don’t have to smoke to get COPD – – plenty of symptomatic folks have it, or moderate asthma.’ His suggestions? ‘Screen for this,’ Horovitz said. The draft recommendation was posted on the task force’s website Aug. 17 and can remain open for general public comment until Sept.