Recent studies on health and aging at UTMB indicate that maintaining a love life into old age is a major factor in physical health. Glenn Ostir, professor of internal medicine-geriatrics at UTMB’s Sealy Center on Aging, has authored many studies on what he calls “positive emotion” or happiness. His studies identify dramatic differences between men and women 65 and older who had been alone for many years and those who had maintained romantic relationships late into their lives.