How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?
“I may be 65 but I only feel 50!”
If you want to know your true age, don’t look at the calendar. The calendar tells you what your chronological age is, but this number may be far from accurate in defining who you are. All you know from your chronological age is how many years you’ve spent on the earth. As an index of aging, chronological age is flawed.
Think of the older-than-her-years hypermature 15-year-old who could easily pass for 22. How about the older adult who lives down the street from you whose sprightly step would rival that of someone 40 years her junior?
Feeling younger than your years seems to come with a lower risk of depression and greater mental wellbeing as we age. It also means better physical health, including reducing your risk of dementia, and less of a chance that you will be hospitalised for illness.
At CraigCare we invest a lot of time in carefully designing our Lifestyle Program to give residents plenty of opportunities to be physically and socially active, and to stay mentally younger. In fact, many of our residents have a social life that’s the envy of many of their own children! We focus on this because we believe shaping the daily environment in ways that allow our residents to be physically and socially active and also exercise more control is a helpful strategy for maintaining a youthful spirit and overall well-being.