OPINION: Dr Ken Romeo 775-870-6942
I’m 56! I’m 72! I’m 23! But how old are you in reality?
Most studies of population aging focus on only one characteristic of people: their chronological age.
But many important characteristics of people vary with age, and age-specific characteristics also vary over time and can be vastly different from place to place.
What happens when you supplement traditional measures of aging with new ones that consider the changing characteristics of people?
A new study investigates the “characteristics” of aging and provides examples of new measures of population aging using markers such as “remaining life expectancy,” “health,” “normal public pension age,” and “hand-grip strength.”
The conclusions are striking! “Past and future population aging looks less rapid using the characteristics approach, compared with traditional ones. For some regions, almost no aging occurred in the recent past.” (Our emphasis)
The HARGC recognizes this method of research as solid science. Supplementing chronological age with ages that take into account the changing characteristics of people allows us to analyze aging more comprehensively and more accurately.
(Table courtesy of http://www.arcwebsite.org)
Source: J Aging Health. 2016 Oct;28(7):1159-77 and http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27590796
Yours in Health!
Dr. Ken Romeo
Dr. Ken Romeo is a Principal and Chief Clinical Data Coordinator for the Healthy Aging Research and Genomic Council (HARGC) in Reno, NV.
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