Friday, October 15, 2010
ROCHESTER, Minn. — Being old isn't measured only by the number of candles on the birthday cake. According to the October issue of Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource, age is just as much about how old — or young — a person feels.
Some research suggests that this "age identity" may matter even more than chronological age. Finding people who seem old in their 50s and 60s is not hard, while others look and act youthful into their 90s and beyond.
In a study of 500 people between the ages of 55 and 74, those with a younger age identity showed more confidence and optimism about their ability to maintain memory. Other studies have found that people who feel younger and feel good about their aging process tend to live longer. Other benefits may be a reduced risk of disability, reduced risk of high blood pressure and higher self-esteem, well-being and life satisfaction.
The Mayo Clinic Women's HealthSource offers these techniques to foster a younger sense of self:
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