Age is a state of mind

Age is a state of mind

Being young at heart can help older people live more active lives and improve their health, new research suggests. A study conducted by Krystal Warmoth from the University of Exeter found that people who perceive themselves to be old and frail are far more likely to give up physical activities and allow their wellbeing to deteriorate. In contrast, those which were positive about their age continued to take part in social and physical activities, helping them to stay fit and their mind to stay alert. The study involved interviews with 29 older people in the south-west of England. Ms Warmoth said: "This study gives an insight into the role of psychological factors in older adults’ health and activity levels." A recent study from North Carolina State University in the US found that older people who play video games tend to be in better health than those who do not.

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