In most cases, you are only as old as you feel. Many people are kids at heart, even in their eighties. Interestingly, one study shows that those who feel younger than they really are, live longer.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine published a study about people who feel younger than their actual age having reduced mortality rates. This study included 6,500 participants with an average age of 65.8 years. Some researchers analyzed the survival rates of the participants over an eight-year follow-up period. Individuals who felt younger than their actual age had a 13% increase in survival rate over those who feel older, as well as a 5% increase over those who feel their true age.
Why is this? Those who feel younger tend to live a healthier lifestyle, endure less stress, and listen to the medical advice they are provided. The awesome news is self-perceived age can change, and home health can help. If someone is injured, ill, or recovering, home health can provide a safe exercise plan and therapeutic diet in the comfort of one’s home. This extra attention provided during multiple friendly visits to the home, gives patients every chance to fully implement any medical instructions, while also aiding in pursuing a healthier lifestyle.1
- Rippon I, Steptoe A. Feeling old vs being old: associations between self-perceived age and mortality. JAMA Internal Medicine, 2015; 175 (2): 307-309.