As I am out and about, meeting people and networking in my community I have noticed something more acutely that I have before. I noticed that some of the people I meet seem much younger than their age. In fact, I often forget to act my age. I don’t mean to imply that I act like a teenager, but I don’t feel “old”, so I don’t think I act like an old person. Not that I am an old person mind you. Just as I was wondering to myself why this is, I came across an article on Webmd, from Alan Mozes at HealthDay Reporter which in fact describes a study that proves people who feel younger may actually have a brain with characteristics associated with the brains of a younger person.
“We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain,” explained lead author Jeanyung Chey. She is a professor in the department of psychology & program for brain sciences at Seoul National University in South Korea.
Chey and her colleagues focused on a group of Korean adults drawn from an aging study. The researchers first conducted a health survey in 2014, which was followed by a second psychosocial survey in 2015.
But Chey stressed that the findings are “insufficient” to prove that simply feeling young means one’s brain is biologically younger.
According to Fargo, “It’s said that age is a state of mind, but this study suggests that age is really a state of one’s brain.”
I wonder if further research is going to show that there are some who’s brains are actually younger than others, physically.