Is it possible that feeling older can lead to increased risk of hospitalization?
According to recent studies published by the American Psychological Association, this is true! Studies have proven that people who feel older than their peers are more likely to be hospitalized while they age.
The study found that those that said they felt older than their actual age were 10 to 25 percent more likely to be hospitalized in the next 2 to 10 years. There was also a correlation between being hospitalized and having more symptoms of depression and poor health.
Each participant in the study gave information on how old they felt and any past health conditions. Following up, the subjects would report if they had been hospitalized.
After analyzing the results, it was clear that the study showed that subjective age and other mental health factors played a role in the risk of future hospitalization.
For more information on the study visit, https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/02/160211190008.htm