You Make Me Feel So Young: Memory and Self-Perception of Age Are Correlated

aging-womenToday’s Wall Street Journal cites recent research indicating that your perception of your age may influence your cognitive functioning:

The association between a younger subjective age and better memory and executive functioning was independent of gender, educational achievement, marital status and chronic diseases, the adjusted results showed. People who feel older than their age might require closer monitoring, as this may be an early marker of impaired cognition leading to dementia, the researchers said.

Of course, the study only found a correlation between these two factors, so it may be that people’s cognitive functioning impacts their perception of their age; or there may be a third factor that influences both variables.


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