Secrets to keeping young revealed
Owning an iPhone, watching reality television and beating younger relatives at games are just some of the secrets to keeping young, researchers say.
Silver surfers, those who spend more time with their grandchildren or trying to catch the eye of someone younger, tend to feel more alive.
The study of 1,000 over 50's found that the secrets of youth the older generation rely on - with having regular sex, fancying a younger celebrity and knowing what Twitter is all likely to give a burst of life.
The research, which was commissioned by healthcare specialist Benenden, found that age really is just a number with the average person claiming that their youth secrets lead to them feeling 18 years younger than what they really are.
Many of the "older" generation thought staying up past midnight led to feeling alive, while eating spicy food and keeping in touch with the local gossip are guaranteed to keep a person fresh.
Using smartphone apps, eating chocolate and having a younger partner all appeared to keep many an over fifty in good nick.
Nine in 10 of those surveyed thought that how old you feel as a person mostly depends on your outlook and attitude to life with 70 percent also saying it's crucial to laugh regularly.
The average respondent was aged 59 - but the age people actually felt was 18 years younger at 41.
For some feeling young means not always playing by the rules as four in 10 describe themselves as rebellious, with more than a quarter saying they've received 'a telling off' while in their fifties.
In fact, it seems 40 percent of over fifties have trespassed somewhere and a quarter admits they've broken the law since hitting half a century.
"Of course, it's not so much about feeling young as it is about feeling content in life and making time to do the things that make you happy," the Daily Mail quoted Paul Keenan as saying.
"It can be a serious world and sometimes we can get wrapped up in it too much so it's important not to lose sight of what keeps you feeling good about yourself.
"Whether that's dancing, keeping tabs with what's deemed 'trendy' or simply enjoying games with younger relatives, taking time to remember what you enjoy about life is crucial to approaching it in the right way," Keenan added.
The top 20 ways to stay young are:
Trying new food
Surfing the web
Reading books that challenge me
Dancing around to music
Having a Facebook account
Going out or socialising with grown up kids or grandchildren
Knowing what Twitter is
Staying up past midnight
Eating spicy food
Beating younger relatives at games
Keeping up to date with the gossip of people I know
Catching the eye of someone younger
Using phone apps
Having a younger partner
Watching the latest cinema releases
Watching the latest television