What Age Are You? Depends Upon Which Age You’re Talking About.

June 28, 2023

What Age Are You? Depends Upon Which Age You’re Talking About.

May 29, 2023

Asking someone over 40 their age has long been a slightly taboo topic. But, it’s also become a complicated question given how many ages might define us.

Historically, the only age that mattered was our “chronological age,” defined by our birthday. Pretty simple.

But, as Dr. Mark Hyman suggested on our online Fireside Chat a few months ago, he may be 63 years old chronologically, but he’s 43 biologically when taking into account specific biomarkers, physiological functions, and overall health indicators. More and more of us are obsessed with our “biological age.”

Then, others focus on "metabolic age" based on factors such as body composition, basal metabolic rate, and metabolic markers. Metabolic age measures how well an individual's body processes and utilizes energy, and it can provide insight into their overall metabolic health. It's geeky!

And if I haven't confused you enough, let me introduce you to "cognitive age," or how a person's mental or intellectual capabilities compare to what is typically expected at a specific age (sometimes, I think mine is 12 years old). Cognitive age is often used to determine whether dementia may be on the horizon.

Finally, let’s focus on something that MEA specializes in: our “psychological age,” which was popularized by Ellen Langer’s work as chronicled in this New York Times magazine story (“What If Age is Nothing But a Mindset?) a decade ago. As Yale’s Becca Levy has shown, when we shift our mindset about aging from negative to positive, we gain 7.5 years of additional life. So, who knows, maybe psychological age is the most important metric for us to consider for a long, happy life.

So, the next time someone asks your age, make sure you know which age they’re talking about.

Go deeper with a workshop, in person or online.

No items found.

Owning Wisdom with Chip Conley

Apr 22, 2024
 to 
Apr 27, 2024
Baja, Mexico
Apr 22, 2024
 to 
Apr 27, 2024
Baja, Mexico

Owning Wisdom with Chip Conley

April 22, 2024
 to 
April 27, 2024
Baja, Mexico
Apr 22, 2024
 to 
Apr 27, 2024
Baja, Mexico

Life Begins at 50: Embracing Your Second Adulthood with Jeff Hamaoui

April 29, 2024
 to 
May 4, 2024
Baja, Mexico

Radical Transitions: The Courage to Reinvent Yourself with Stacy Peralta, Christine Sperber & Teddi Dean

May 6, 2024
 to 
May 11, 2024
Baja, Mexico