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Is Age More than Just a Number?

Age can be counted using a number of different factors. The most common, of course, is our chronological age, the number of years since we were born. But age can also be measured in other ways.

Researchers at Boston College have studied aging, and have identified almost a dozen different ways of discovering your “true age.” Here are just a few of the concepts on aging, in addition to your chronological age:

  • Physical ability. Let’s consider people in the 50 to 60 age bracket. Some feel terrific physically, and others will tell you that they feel completely out of shape. This is one area where we can have an effect on our abilities, and our physical well-being. Diet and exercise are the keys.
  • Occupational age. Where are you in your career path? How do your professional abilities stack up against others?
  • Socio-emotional age. If I’m a senior who really feels “young at heart”, my socio-emotional age is lower than my chronological age.
  • Social age. This refers to the age that others perceive me to be. Depending upon my appearance, and my perceived outlook on life, my social age could well be less – or more – than my chronological age.

So how do people deal with these issues? In addition to diet and exercise, as well as trying to maintain a health emotional balance, many people, as they age chronologically, consider the benefits of plastic surgery. It should come as no surprise, then, that almost 30% of all cosmetic surgical and minimally-invasive procedures are performed on patients between the ages of 51 and 64. When you add in the 65 and older group, the percentage is even higher.

The over 50 group, of course, includes the baby-boomers, the generation that has lived longer and worked longer than any previous generation. They are also in better shape physically, and this makes them good candidates for numerous procedures that can lead to a more youthful and healthier appearance.

If you are concerned about your “social age” and/or your “socio-emotional age,” then cosmetic surgery and/or other cosmetic procedures may provide the answer. Talk to your doctor about your options.

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