Old Age is “a State of Mind”
Exeter University conducted a study that explored how older adults assessed their physical health and frailty. Researchers found that participants who believed they were weak were more likely to have decreased daily activity and exercise. Conversely, those who believed they were somewhat healthy, even if they were weaker than the others, were more socially active and happier with their quality of life. "A person's beliefs about their self could lead to a loss of interest in participating in social and physical activities, poor health, stigmatization, and reduced quality of life,” says researcher Krystal Warmoth. "You are as old as you feel and your own views of yourself,” she adds.