Feeling younger than your age?

by Lois Etienne on August 29, 2011

in Senior Health and Safety

Senior citizens tend to feel about 13 years younger than their chronological age even though they think they look only seven years younger.

Researchers in the study from the Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Science analyzed the responses of 516 men and women age 70 and older who participated in the Berlin Aging Study, tracking how their perceptions about age and their satisfaction with aging changed over a six-year period.

“People generally felt quite a bit younger than they actually were, and they also showed relatively high levels of satisfaction with aging over the time period studied,” said Jacqui Smith, a psychologist at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR) who participated in the research. They also found that people who feel younger are less likely to die than those who don’t, given the same level of chronological age and equivalent physical health. “Feeling positive about getting older may well be associated with remaining active and experiencing better health in old age,” she said.

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