Older people becoming younger

Older People Becoming Younger as Cognitive Function Improves in the Last 30 Years


It is quite interesting to note older people becoming younger in this dispensation as their cognitive function and behavior have greatly improved in the last 30 years. This was revealed in the study that was conducted at the Faculty of Sport and Health Sciences at the University of Jyvaskyla, Finland.

One of the distinguishing features of the study is that there was a vivid comparison of both the physical and cognitive performance of the old in this dispensation between the ages of 75 and 80 with that of the same aged people in the early 1990s. From the study, it was then declared that the elderly tend to be becoming younger these things. This is quite interesting!

Among the distinguishing traits found in older people of this age include their accurate reasoning ability, verbal fluency, walking speed, and their muscle strength. Nowadays, other people are spirited and they have much zest towards life.

According to the postdoctoral researcher, Matti Munukka, the older people between the ages of 70 and 80 years old have been enjoying varying favorable changes that have taken place in the last three decades.

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These older people have access to proper and balanced nutrition, a standard health care system, and vital working life. The principal investigator of the study, Professor Taina Rantanen revealed that the research conducted is quite distinct because there are only a few pieces of research in the global world that have accurately compared performance-based maximum measures between people of the same age in different historical ages.

It was gathered that the first cohort information was collected between 1989 and 1990 and it consisted of 500 people born between 1910 and 1914. Other cohort data were gathered in subsequent years. It is really encouraging to find out that older people are becoming younger in this dispensation than it had always been in past years. The elderly now enjoy life at its best.

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