Health Tip – Mar. 12 – Cheery News About Aging
Dee Dee – Health Tip
Population researchers have come up with a new way of looking at age, and it doesn’t have much to do with the year you were born. Instead, a study from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis is aimed at refocusing the way demographers view, and report on, the world’s aging population.
Instead of relying on chronology, the new framework encompasses such factors as health, cognitive function, and life expectancy. Demographers have traditionally used chronological age as a proxy for those aspects of aging, but as lifespans lengthen and enjoying good health into later decades becomes more common, age in years no longer correlates with such characteristics, the study found.
We should not consider someone who is 60 or 65 to be an older person. People now are much healthier and much ‘younger’ than people were at the same age in previous generations. Saying that 40 is the new 30 is truer than people know.