Age really is just a number! More than half Americans over 40 feel seven years YOUNGER than they really are, study finds
- A survey of 2,000 Americans found 77% feel seven years younger than their age
- This is because they still see their younger selves when looking in the mirror
- Participants felt older when they heard a memorable song on the oldies station
- They also stated that they do not accept they are aging until they are 47 years old
Joan Collins once said ‘age is just a number’ and a new study finds the English actor was right – more than half of Americans feel younger than their actual age.
A survey conducted among 2,000 Americans reveals 77 percent of those over 40 years old feel seven years young than they really are and nearly half refuse to admit they are aging.
Feeling youthful was not based on the individual’s energy or vibrancy or luster for life, but more than half reported that they still see their ‘younger selves’ in the mirror.
However, when a person hears a song they know being played on an ‘oldies’ station or squinting at small prints remind them that they are getting up there in age.
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A survey conducted among 2,000 Americans reveals 77 percent of those over 40 years old feel seven years young than they really are and nearly half refuse to admit they are aging
The survey was commissioned by Foster Grant, an American eyewear brand, and conducted by OnePoll, reports Study Finds.
Those who participated noted they try to not admit they are aging in fear others may perceive them as looking older and think they are not as vibrant as they once were.
And this in turn led to 39 percent stating they will hold off on getting glasses for as long as possible – respondents feel glasses make them look older.
The survey found incidences that remind Americans they are getting older.
Feeling youthful was not based on the individual’s energy or vibrancy or luster for life, but more than half reported that they still see their ‘younger selves’ in the mirror
The most reported was hearing a memorable song on an oldies radio station, followed by catching themselves squinting while reading and groaning while standing up from a seated position.
Americans also note that seeing a new celebrity, trouble with seeing in a dimly lit room and not having a TikTok account are all contributors to making them feel old.
Respondents, however, stated that they do not accept they are aging until they are 47 years old, which falls in line with a previous study released in November 2020.
This was deemed the magical number for when most Americans feel their glory days have come to an end.
And just three years after, at the age of 50, is when worrying about age-related bodily changes begin.
The study found that 64 percent of respondents are concerned about their thinking abilities, with many nothing they forget people’s names after meeting them and lose their train of thought at least once per day.
Although growing old is imminent, 65 percent of the 2,000 participants said it is one of their greatest fears.
Approximately 25 percent reported losing their train of thought at least once per day and 20 percent find it happens multiple times in one day.
However, many are concerned about losing brain power, 84 percent say they are not taking action to improve it.
As an aging brain is people’s biggest worries, scientists are working on ways to avoid this problem.
A team at Northwestern University found zapping older people’s brains could sharpen their memories to be as good as those of people decades younger.
Scientists found stimulating a certain part of the brain boosted the memory of over-64s who had normal age-related memory loss.
It worked so well the researchers saw no difference in the test results of volunteers who’d had the therapy and younger, healthier adults.
Their 16 participants were aged between 64 and 80 years old and had normal levels of memory problems for their age.
After five days of having their brain zapped with low-level electrical currents for 20 minutes per day, their memory ability was on par with people years younger.
‘Older people’s memory got better up to the level that we could no longer tell them apart from younger people,’ said the lead investigator, Dr Joel Voss.
‘They got substantially better.’
CAN FOOD AND DRINK REALLY HELP BANISH WRINKLES?
Lily said: ‘Whilst it’s tempting to get sucked into the idea that there is one miracle food which will turn back the clocks and leave us with smoother wrinkle-free skin, there is limited research linking specific foods with anti-aging properties.
‘However there is more research linking antioxidant nutrients to collagen production and protection against environmental factors such as sun damage, which ultimately slows the ageing process.
‘It appears that the key to aging gracefully could be as simple as incorporating a more healthy fats and a wider range of rainbow coloured fruit and vegetables within the diet.’
Harley Street nutritionist Rhiannon Lambert agreed and added: ‘It’s becoming increasingly clear that what you eat can significantly affect how healthy your skin is.
‘Fruit and vegetable consumption may represent the most healthy and safe method in order to maintain a balanced diet and youthful appearing skin. Research does not prove that diet causes skin conditions but rather influences it to some degree.’
Rhiannon, who has recently published her first book, Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat Well (£18.99), continued: ‘Research studies have suggested that essential fats that are found in foods such as salmon, nuts and avocados are extremely important as it can help keep our skin supple and hydrated.
‘There is not some miracle food that will help your skin look younger. Instead we should look at our diet as a whole, and identify whether or not we are eating enough fruit and vegetables, and make sure we eating well balanced meals that include carbohydrates, protein and essential fats.
‘All these food groups work together in the body to help maintain optimal health as well as healthy skin.’