A popular saying is, “you’re only as old as you think you are”. It is funny how this can be a self-fulfilling prophecy. People who honestly feel this way really do act, and oftentimes look, younger than their age. On the other hand, some people seem to age quickly; they decline mentally and physically just because they think they’re old once they’ve reached a certain age.
A recent research project was done to further investigate this saying. In 2014, there was research done in France to look at the relationship between chronological age, subjective age, and changes in memory. The researchers findings were rather eye-opening. Subjective age is how young or old someone feels they are rather than their actual numeric age. Someone in good physical and mental shape may be 60, 70 or 80 years of age numerically, but feels like they aren’t a day over 50. On the other hand, someone dealing with illness or chronic pain may feel like they’re 80 when they’re only 60 years old. The researchers found that saying, thinking, or feeling older than one actually is can cause depression and memory problems. People who feel younger had a slower memory decline and had quicker recall capabilities. This leads us to believe that a person’s subjective age has a lot to do with how they feel physically and mentally.
Chiropractic treatments are vital in pain reduction and management. In addition to a healthy diet and active lifestyle, getting regular chiropractic treatments are a great way to stay healthy and make sure that you feel young no matter your chronological age.