Unexpected conclusions that you come to in old age. Quotes by Robert De Niro

Unexpected conclusions that you come to in old age. Quotes by Robert De Niro

At the age of 25, we don’t care what the world thinks of us. At 35, we worry about what it thinks. And at 45, we suddenly find that it doesn’t think about us at all.

And this is one of the benefits of aging: as we get older, we worry less about others and think more about ourselves. And if we’re lucky, we begin to live our lives to the fullest. In this article, we’ll tell you some of the most fascinating facts about old age and share a few genius quotes from one of today’s most famous old men, Robert De Niro.

14 fascinating facts about aging

1. Old age comes… at 25

There are a lot of opinions on what age old age comes to us. Some believe that it is 50 years, others 60, others 70. But in terms of gerontology old age comes to us much earlier – at 25 years. That’s when our cells begin to age.

2. Not all organs age at the same rate

It’s no secret that different people age differently: some people age faster and others slower. But few people know that our body tissues also age unevenly. A 2013 study published in Genome Biology found an interesting fact: it turns out that the tissues on our breasts age faster than other parts of the body. All other things being equal, this part is three years older than the other parts.

3. Our aging depends on our DNA

Biological aging of the body is caused by cell death. When a cell accumulates a lot of damage, DNA telomeres signal it that it can no longer divide, and the cell dies. This is the data presented by a 2017 study published in Medical News Today.

4. The environment can both prolong life and kill you

Unexpected conclusions that you come to in old age. Quotes by Robert De Niro

The whole world knows about the long-lived Okinawans. Their diet, lifestyle, and environment help them live happily ever after and remain active into old age. However, researchers note that as soon as people move to any other place, longevity is gone. Scientists believe that this happens because the environment plays a critical role in the body’s aging processes and can force them.

5. People get happier as they get older

According to studies, people feel happiest when they are young and then between the ages of 70 and 80. Experts believe this has to do with how we perceive the world. As we get older, we gain wisdom and perceive reality differently.

Unexpected conclusions that you come to in old age. Quotes by Robert De Niro

6. Deterioration of vision with age is unavoidable

The reason is that the size of the pupil decreases with age, making it difficult for a person to get a clear picture of the world.

7. Age has almost no effect on mental ability

And whether or not cognitive decline in function is up to us. A study at the University of Illinois found that older air traffic controllers perform just as well as their younger counterparts. At the same time, they freely control several planes at the same time.

Scientists believe that life experience helps to overcome any weaknesses. But they advise to “challenge” the brain and train it with crosswords, puzzles, math problems and other cognitive activities.

Unexpected conclusions that you come to in old age. Quotes by Robert De Niro

8. As you get older, your hair behaves unpredictably

While the amount of hair on your head is noticeably decreasing, new hairs may appear where it’s not expected at all. For example, older men have thicker hairs in their noses and ears, and older women have single “prickles” on their chins. Scientists attribute the metamorphosis to changes in hormones.

9. Aging forces us to become “larks”

If a person has dreamed all his life of being a “lark” and getting up easily in the morning, then in old age his dream may finally come true. After 60 years of age, older people become drowsy earlier in the evening, go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. And while many people often wake up at night after age 65, most of them get a good night’s rest.

Unexpected conclusions that you come to in old age. Quotes by Robert De Niro

10. In old age it is better to continue to work than to idle and rest

This is the conclusion reached by scientists after summarizing the results of a study called the Longevity Project. It turns out that people who at an advanced age work hard at work, which they like, live longer. Longevity is also promoted by socializing with friends and a happy marriage.

11. Older people are less sensitive to pain and more resilient

Numerous scientific studies have confirmed the fact that after 65-70 years of age a person’s sensitivity to pain decreases.

12. Heart disease can be avoided by exercising regularly

The people, who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease in old age. And that’s very important to know (because heart disease is the leading cause of death among people over 65).

Unexpected conclusions that you come to in old age. Quotes by Robert De Niro

13. It’s easier for old people to make friends

There are several reasons for this:

  1. More free time;
  2. More different interests (accumulated over a lifetime) that you can talk about with other people;
  3. Demographic situation.

Let us explain the last point: the number of elderly people in the world is increasing rapidly every year. Today in some countries one in six people is already in the age of 60+. Experts estimate that by 2050 the number of old people will increase more and every 5 person on the Earth will be over 60 years old.

14. Optimism determines longevity

Studies have shown that people who treat aging with wisdom, ease, irony, optimism and a positive attitude live longer. So if you want to live a long life be optimistic!

Well, the facts are well taken care of. Now let’s take a look at what advice the famous Robert De Niro gives us about old age.

De Niro quotes about aging

Unexpected conclusions that you come to in old age. Quotes by Robert De Niro

Despite his respectable age (78) Robert continues to work, act in films and lead an active lifestyle. How does he manage it? It’s all about the right attitudes in life:

  • “As you get older, you care less about pleasing others. You’re more trying to please yourself. But as it turns out, it’s a lot harder”;
  • “Time is inexorable. Over the years, in order not to stand still, we have to run twice as fast. And no matter where we run, one thing awaits us: the old age”;
  • “Life rarely changes you completely, but it constantly changes you in the little things”;
  • “Talent is not necessarily an innate skill. Above all, talent is the ability to make the right choices. Until you try it, you don’t understand it. That’s what I tell my children”;
  • “I prefer not to have unnecessary things. The more things you have, the more energy you spend on them”;
  • “As you get older, keep it simple, but be careful. I laugh more today than I did in my youth. I seem to be judging people less harshly. However, as I grew older, I also became more cautious”;
  • “If the chair is good, you won’t spend much time getting comfortable in it. There are times when you think or begin to do something that just is “not yours”. Take it easy, it happens to everyone. Just forget about it and do something else”;
  • “We become similar to the people with whom we interact. So choose your environment carefully: no matter how unique we are, it still affects us”;
  • “If you are in your old age and are busy doing what you love, you will have no time to be distracted by anything unimportant or fashionable but passing. It’s hard to believe, but I never saw “Avatar”. Why not? I was too busy making my own movie!”;
  • “Don’t waste time. Remember: time is passing and it is fleeting. So whatever you have in mind, start doing it now. Don’t wait”.

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