Do you find aging gracefully difficult? Would you rather lie about your age, and keep on living like you’re 23? You’re not alone, and you might actually have the right outlook on life.
According to a new study by the University College London, feeling younger than your age could help you live longer. Researchers looked at 6,489 people with an average age of 65.8 years who felt a little less than 10 years younger. Researchers tracked these people over the next eight years, and found that only 14% had died versus the 24% that died and had reported feeling their age or older.
Most people studied didn’t feel like their actual age. Most reported feeling about three years younger and about 5% felt at least a year older than their actual age.
Now researchers want to better understand what these results mean, “Possibilities include a broader set of health behaviors than we measured (such as maintaining a healthy weight and adherence to medical advice), and greater resilience, sense of mastery and will to live among those who feel younger than their age,” the study states in a recent research letter published in JAMA Internal Medicine online.
“Self-perceived age has the potential to change, so interventions may be possible. Individuals who feel older than their actual age could be targeted with health messages promoting positive health behaviors and attitudes towards aging.”
According to Dr. Sharon Bergquist, a physician and assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine who specializes in healthy aging, “Research is showing us that personality can be tied to your destiny.” She also noted that, “Aging well can certainly become a self-fulfilling prophecy.”
At Dayton Dandes Medical Center we provide a variety of services and therapies targeted at helping you look and feel younger. Conscientiousness and optimism could help you live longer, why not take the steps towards feeling more confident and happy. View our services today or contact us to learn how our different therapies could help you reach better health.
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Media.jamanetwork.com: “Felling Younger than Actual Age meant Lower Death Rate for Older People.” JAMA International Medicine Release
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