With the population of the elderly set to boom over the next several decades, their health and well-being are more important than ever. New research shows that rapid decline isn’t a given.
The study, performed by researchers at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland, compared the physical and mental performances of a group of subjects between 75 and 80 years old to a similarly aged group back in the 1990s.
The researchers found that muscle strength, walking speed, reactions, verbal fluency and memory were all better now among the elderly subjects they studied.
The essential conclusion was that older people today look, act and think younger than their counterparts from nearly 30 years ago.