Imagine, for a moment, that you had no birth certificate and your age was simply based on the way you feel inside. How old would you say you are? Like your height or shoe size, the number of years that have passed since you first entered the world is an unchangeable fact. Scientists are increasingly interested in this quality. Various studies have even shown that your subjective age also can predict various important health outcomes , including your risk of death. Given these enticing results, many researchers are now trying to unpick the many biological, psychological, and social factors that shape the individual experience of ageing — and how this knowledge might help us live longer, healthier lives. This new understanding of the ageing process has been decades in the making. Some of the earliest studies charting the gap between felt and chronological age appeared in the s and s. That trickle of initial interest has now turned into a flood.
Sensory and motor differences between young and older adults: somatosensory contribution to postural control. Diana R. Barela II. Correspondence to. Key words: proprioceptive system; postural control; aging. The increase in the older adult population has been occurring at unprecedented rates. Projections indicate that by the elderly population will reach 2 billion people worldwide 1. Along with these demographic changes, diseases associated with ageing will represent a burden to society, for example by an increase in demand for health services.
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Since the second half of the 20th century survival has been democratised in most countries. More and more people reach an advanced age. The objective of this paper is to discuss how phases of the life cycle are being re-defined in the context of a world in transformation: the universalization of social security that guarantees income for older people; technological advances that have increased the velocity of communication and the demand for continuing education; medical advances; and changes in family organization such as an increase in divorce rates, re-marriage and unions between people of the same sex. Even so, the biological changes that accompany ageing have not changed since Antiquity, in spite of hopes for a longer life.
Oscar Wilde and Simon Amstell are among those who have tried to explain the phenomenon of age gaps between consenting adult men. That it should be so, the world does not understand. So the world mocks at it. As Wilde alludes to in his speech, one major misunderstanding about queer culture that persists — still, to this day — is a misunderstanding about male-male attraction between men of different ages. Statistically, many more people that define as queer have been through trauma than straight people. This might take place in the playground or the workplace, or with family or friends and has drastic knock-on effects for queer relationship-building. In his autobiography, Amstell recalls his own struggles as a teenager. The challenge for men like Amstell is finding the right romantic and sexual partners without exploiting any power dynamics that might spawn from wide age gaps. It goes without saying that upstanding older men yearn for balanced and healthy relationships like the rest of us, so for that to happen with an age gap, they'd need to consider that the emotional maturity and motives of younger men match their own feelings and desires and that no one is ending up being exploited. Naysayers may argue that older men acting in this way are being superficially driven and inconsiderate of the feelings of younger men, who are arguably — perhaps stereotypically — more vulnerable and more malleable than older men.