From Dr. Jane's Notebook

How Old Are You Really?

Sometimes I work with 30 year olds, who because of their stresses and strains, feel more like age 50. More often though, I meet people in their 60s, 70s and 80s, who feel much younger, but trapped in their aging bodies.

The concept of "chronological age" vs. "mental age" is well established in psychology. The first refers to age in years, the second refers to emotional and intellectual growth. But to really get at the heart of the matter, you may also want to consider "How old do you feel?" Several factors come in to play here.

As we look toward Thanksgiving and consider the things we are thankful for, you may want to acknowledge your many successes in life and be thankful for all the healthy areas of your life. My warmest wishes for the holidays...

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Last Updated October 24, 1998 by Gary M. Grandon, Ph.D.