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You’re still young – debunking the myth that 60 is old


30 October 2018

young“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain.

If you are reaching 65 years of age you can join a list of well-known public figures including Hulk Hogan, Tony Blair, Floyd Mayweather Snr, and Tim Allen to name a few. Reaching this age may seem like a milestone in your life as it marks the end of a working career and allows you to take advantage of pensioner deals at stores. This age, however, is no longer considered ‘old’ but more ‘middle-aged’; so the new saying ‘60 is the new 40’ rings true, especially as retirees are living up to 10 and even 25 years longer than their parents did.

“One can say unequivocally that older people are getting smarter, richer and healthier as time goes on.” – NBC News Report featuring a 74-year-old Duke University professor.

According to the American Psychological Association, one out of every four 65-year-olds today will live past the age of 90, and one out of ten will live past the age of 95. To ensure our longevity as time progresses, the approach to ageing needs to shift, and Retire KZN along with newer retirement developments are fast realising this. Some of the elements newer retirement estates have started incorporating is individualised onsite healthcare services, safe and beautifully landscaped areas to enjoy regular outdoor activity, as well as a new outlook on social interaction.

While you can’t fight getting older each year, it is all about how old you feel. A study has been published in the Journal ‘Ageing Neuroscience” suggesting that if you feel younger your brain is healthier. Having asked adults above the age of 59 how old they felt, the study showed that this ‘subjective age’ can reflect a person’s physiological health; so the younger you feel your brain will show fewer age-related impairments.

Embrace your age, look after your health and maintain an active and social lifestyle to embrace what is now considered the new middle-age.

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