Older people feel ‘younger’ when they have sense of control

Research shows that older adults who feel they have greater control over their lives tend to feel younger.┬áThis is important because both ‘feelings of control’ and ‘feeling younger’ are associated with better health and wellbeing outcomes for older people. For example, younger perceived age is associated with longer life expectancy and good mental health. Importantly the results indicate that both beliefs about control and age can change daily, which means that these beliefs also may be changed through various interventions including psychological and personal development strategies.

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