Modern people's old age comes later

People born in the 30s of the last century aged much slower than the generation born at the beginning of the twentieth century - this was demonstrated by the results of research conducted by scientists from the University of Jyväskylä (Finland). Experts emphasize that the positive dynamics were related to both physical health and cognitive abilities.

Two groups of subjects took part in the study: 500 people born between 1910 and 1914, and 726 people born between 1938 and 1943. The physical and cognitive health of participants in both groups was assessed twice at the age of 75 and 80 years. To assess physical health, specialists measured walking speed and muscle strength, while cognitive skills were assessed in memory, attention, data processing speed, and problem solving tests.

It turned out that people born in the late thirties - early forties, at the age of 75 and 80, showed better physical and mental health indicators than the generation that was born three decades earlier. Tests have shown that they have better memory, higher reaction rate and in general, much less cognitive impairment. Also, representatives who were born in the pre-war and war period, were characterized by higher growth, faster walking pace and in general were physically more active than their peers born before World War I.

The authors explain: despite the fact that participants from the second group were born during the difficult pre-war and war period, their living conditions were generally better than those of their peers born three decades earlier. They were better fed, had access to health care, education, and optimized working conditions.

- The results of the study show that today not only life expectancy has increased, but it is also possible to stay healthy longer," explains one of the study authors, Dr. Matti Munucca. - That's why today's elderly people stay productive and socially active longer than their predecessors, who were born only 30 years earlier.

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Sept. 24, 2020, 10:44 a.m.

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