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17 December 2014 | 17:00
Feel Younger Than Your Age May Help You Live Longer
People who feel younger than their actual chronological age may live longer than those who feel older than they truly are, a new study says. Results from the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggest that people who feel a year or more older than they truly are could have around 41 percent greater risk for death.
University College London researchers looked at nearly 6,500 older adults, with an average age of 65.8 for the study.
Around 70 percent of the subjects felt younger than they were, about a quarter felt their precise age and just under 5 percent felt a year or more older than they were.
Those who felt older than they were had a higher death rate after a follow-up period of 99 months.
While just 14.3 and 18.5 percent of people who felt younger or felt their age, respectively, died during those 99 months, 24.6 percent of those who felt aged beyond their years had died.
The authors say more research is needed on the topic, but suggest it could be that those who feel "young at heart" have healthier behaviors and more resilience, giving them a stronger will to live.
A 2013 study found that negative stereotypes of aging and poor memory can make older adults feel up to five years older, regardless of their actual mental abilities.
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