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Old 29th September 2018, 3:03 PM   #1
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How are we Aging now

I have been looking at various people in life and wonder why some people look younger than others. Take away dyeing hair or if someone is balding.

I am 47 and I feel like my peers and I look younger than my parents did in the 80's when they were my age.

Are we all aging a bit slower now. I saw Richard Chamberlin in a interview and to me he looks more late 60's than early 80's.

Its almost like everyone is looking younger now than at an older age than before, now in history.
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Old 29th September 2018, 3:25 PM   #2
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Evolution, pre-natal and post-natal health care improvements, health care improvements in general, lifestyle education, movement from agrarian and industrial lifestyles to information lifestyles, more free time to focus on health.

WW2 and Korea and Vietnam were horrible on males.

I remember my mom telling me she stopped smoking while pregnant with me but I grew up in the blue haze of a two smoker household, something exceedingly rare today.

More focus on image and maintaining image. Plastic surgery, products, prosthetics.

My dad was essentially on his way out at my age now. I just got over a four day bout with flu and fever and OK, that sucked but it's back to being healthy, haven't been sick like that in over a decade. No biggie. Dad was full of cancer at my age but he did die with a full head of hair, something I'll never know.
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Old 29th September 2018, 5:37 PM   #3
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Considering all the botox, plastic surgery, hair replacements and weight loss options available now that weren't around during our parents age it just looks like we are aging better but really we are not. If all of those things weren't available you'd see a lot of old looking people. TBH, even with all of the work people are having done you can still see the age shine threw. It's in their eyes. They've seen too much and it shows.
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Old 29th September 2018, 6:37 PM   #4
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I am 40 and still get carded on a regular basis.
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Old 29th September 2018, 8:46 PM   #5
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I wish....

I wish the "looking younger at an older age" thing held true for everybody. Must be nice, but I think it depends on the genes. I haven't been carded for alcohol in several years, and I'm in my early 30's. My little sister is many years younger than me, and when she was a teen I was getting asked if I was her mom.
I just had a baby two weeks ago, and I think the pregnancy aged me. I feel like I've got that "middle aged mom" look now and I'm not happy at all.
My husband is similar. We are the same age, and he dyes his hair. I've seen him a couple of times without the dye - horribly, horribly gray. His hair is supposed to be dark, so it shows up significantly. I've got gray too, but it hasn't shown up enough to make me dye it yet.
Some people get all the luck. My GF#1 is a couple of years younger....still looks like a teenager and gets accused of having a fake ID at liquor stores.
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Old 29th September 2018, 8:58 PM   #6
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I am 48, I personally think genes play a factor but mostly itís all about how your taking care of yourself, body, skin, hair, exercise, drinking lots of water and eating right. Iím not a smoker, since I was 30 yo Iíve faithfully moisturized my face day and night, not overdoing it with the sun. Iím very proud of how Iím aging, Iíve also worked hard for it. Never had Botox or any work, nothing wrong with it, just not for me. I think itís sad when I see some woman letting themselves go. I want to look and feel good forever😊
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Old 30th September 2018, 5:36 PM   #7
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I think looking at my brother and I at our age of 45-K. Mysterio-47. We look way younger. Mind you my Bro and I are both single and childless.

I think that ageing is great in the sense that your not trying to prove yourself anymore to the world. I think some people look great with grey. To me its all about the face. I think Denzel looks great and young looking at 63. Tom Cruise with grey hair would be jaring.

I think Grey looks better 70 plus.
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Old 30th September 2018, 9:14 PM   #8
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I am 48, I personally think genes play a factor but mostly itís all about how your taking care of yourself, body, skin, hair, exercise, drinking lots of water and eating right.
Definitely this - although I think in terms of skin aging sun exposure plays a huge role. When I go back to visit friends/family in the country it astounds me how people in their 40s and 50s have so much more severely aged skin compared to their city counterparts. I also notice when I go to Europe or some parts of the US that people generally look a lot younger for a given age than my Australian counterparts - which I assume is partly due to lower sun exposure and partly genetics.
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people used to throw on coconut reef oil and cook themselves in the sun for hours years ago.....those people now look a bit prunish.....outdoors people tend to show more age evident by sun exposure and hard living....drugs alcohol etc..... as another poster has mentioned.....i also feel sun exposure is huge on the aging factor....deb
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Old 30th September 2018, 9:55 PM   #10
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Definitely this - although I think in terms of skin aging sun exposure plays a huge role. When I go back to visit friends/family in the country it astounds me how people in their 40s and 50s have so much more severely aged skin compared to their city counterparts. I also notice when I go to Europe or some parts of the US that people generally look a lot younger for a given age than my Australian counterparts - which I assume is partly due to lower sun exposure and partly genetics.
Yes, very much agree, I grew up in a state with little sun exposure. Sun does a lot of damage to the skin. I recently met an 89 yo man that came from the same state I grew up in, I was amazed how good he looked, he looked remarkably younger. He was an absolute cutie pie.
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Old 1st October 2018, 1:27 AM   #11
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Yup, as people moved from subsistence lifestyles and lots of outside work to more sheltered lives, exposure to the elements lessened, markedly so in those arid sunny areas of the planet, and a persons largest organ, their skin, aged more gracefully. I saw it as a young man going from driving open tractors, basically a seat, to totally enclosed, climate controlled tractors with UV glass, air conditioning, filters for the air, you name it. That's one example from agriculture, a holdover from the old days.

When I started in industry, there was no such thing as PPE. As example, an open back flip helmet and leathers was my welding gear. Now there's climate controlled welding suits, full helmets with filtered air supply, interior environmental controls for the welding area, etc, etc. Heck, it's not uncommon to find us old timers doing simple welding jobs in shorts and a tee shirt. I've even seen some run the plasma cutter without a full helmet, just goggles. Kids wouldn't be caught dead doing that. That's why they'll live longer and age more gracefully

I bought where I'll retire in a low sun state that gets 70 inches of rain a year. Love the cool, humidity and lack of blazing sun. Hopefully that'll make up for decades of working in a desert.
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I am 40 and still get carded on a regular basis.
I’ll one up you. I’m 45 and still get carded on a regular basis. It’s crazy. I’d like to remember the last time I ever get carded, but I probably won’t. Because I won’t know that it’s the last time. People I’m with are incredulous when it happens. Some of them actually act annoyed. Lol! Just two years ago I was at a fundraiser picnic with a guy who I was casually dating who is about 10 years older than me. And somebody who was sitting next to us asked me what I was studying in school, lol! My date got pissy about that, but he is very vain.

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Old 1st October 2018, 4:11 AM   #13
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People that don't have children tend to look younger than those that do.
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Old 1st October 2018, 8:06 AM   #14
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I am 47 and I feel like my peers and I look younger than my parents did in the 80's when they were my age.
Clothes and hairstyles can make a big difference as to how old we perceive a person to be.
Dress in those clothes and hairstyles from the 80's just like your Dad wore and then gauge how "young" you really look.
Everybody sees themselves as "young", but ask a person who actually is that age and they will usually laugh in your face.
They can see the subtle ageing changes that we miss in our "quest for youth".
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Old 1st October 2018, 11:30 AM   #15
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Ah aging hasn't changed in 100s even 1000s of years!

What changed is the number of deaths from infections diseases.

But our bodies amortize equally and will keep doing so for reasons that are obvious (genetic) and surpass the scope of the thread.

However - people that *think* they look young - well, it's wishful thinking. Age is obvious even after heavy plastic corrections. You can't hide tired eyes.

Carding - c'mon people, it's not a 'compliment' it's a law. No one gives a sh*t how the carded person looks they do it by inertia and for 'just in case' reasons.

Age is the singlemost indicator for remaining years on this planet, remaining fertile years, and remaining time before our looks take a nose dive...

I'm all for dressing to impress, make up, and all the jazz to keep looking presentable, but I don't lie to myself that I look young, just try to keep at the upper end of 'good looks' for my age
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