Not feeling old despite reaching old age is a phenomenon noticed in a large population of people. There is a canny relationship between this feeling of youthfulness amongst geriatrics and their brain’s health, also known as subjective aging. A recent research published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, an open-access journal, revealed that people who feel older than their age have a low level of brain-health; on the other hand, people who feel younger than their age are likely to have an enhanced brain health. Human thinking remains largely constant with the same frame of mind, however, the mind and body changes at a slow pace.
The feeling of youthfulness and over-aging which is not disproportionate to the age of a person is known as subjective aging. A number of researchers believe that this phenomenon is a consequence of a depressive phase, physical health of an individual, and differences in personality. However, the relation between the brain’s health and subjective age still needs to be established with concrete research and analysis.
Basis of Research
As people age, their cognitive abilities undergo negative changes including loss of memory, deteriorating neural health, and reduced gray matter. The researchers used this as a basis for their study of brain health and subjective aging. It was found that the people who felt younger were more likely to do well in memory tests.