Saturday, January 25, 2020

How Old You Feel Has a Real Impact on You

If someone asked you the question “How old do you feel?”, how would you answer it? Would you say 40, 50 60 or 70?

It turns out that this subjective age that you are saying has a powerful impact according to Antonio Terracciano, a professor of geriatrics at Florida State University College of Medicine in Tallahassee.

Scientists are finding that people who feel younger than their chronological age are typically healthier and more psychologically resilient than those who fee older.

A study published from South Korea did brain scans on 68 healthy older adults and found that those who felt younger than their age had thicker brain matter and had experienced less age-related deterioration. They also found that people who feel older than their chronological age were more at risk for hospitalization, dementia and death.

So…let me ask it again – “How old do you feel?” Before you answer, keep in mind from all the other research that I’ve done and read that you can change your mind and change your outcome. For me, I’d say mid-40s, so how about you?
(Reported The Virginian Pilot, January 12, 2020)

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