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The Conversation: Feel younger than you are? Here’s why you’re onto something good

20 November 2018

Professor Catherine Loveday, Neuropsychologist at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation discussing age subjectivity and the idea of feeling younger than you are.

She explained that subjective age typically gets younger as people grow older, and that for each decade that passes, some tend to feel they have only aged five or six years – which is equivalent to living Martian years as opposed to Earth years.

She also explained the positive health outcomes associated with having a younger subjective age, saying: “People with a younger subjective age are less likely to suffer from diabetes, hypertension, depression, cognitive impairment and dementia. These people also tend to report better sleep, stronger memory function and more fulfilling sex lives.”

Professor Loveday concluded  that poor health makes people feel older, as well as stress and low mood.

Read the full article on The Conversation website.

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