a story told about a past event remembered by the narrator.
“his reminiscences of his early days in Parliament”
We all discuss our lives, happy, sad, but share the events of our life with others. However, the way we look at our life varies significantly. Sometimes, we talk about our life, just to remember the horrible things that have happened to us, and yet there are times, that we think and discuss our life to solve problems. At times, we just share about our life events in social interactions to make better connections. We also talk about them to educate the newer generations about the values from the past, and to educate them about the same. What, when, where, why, with whom, and for what we talk about our memory is important, because it shows if we are happy with our lives and how happy are we, or are we just bitter about life?
Sharing about our autobiographical memory with others is called Reminiscence.
Biological Age vs Chronological Age
Chronological age is the age in years since you were born till date. However, due to stressors in life, often your body, mind, and organs are to work a lot more than they are meant to or capable of. This is called stress. Any form of stress, be it a mental, professional, relationship, or others, causes a significant load in the homeostasis of the body, leading to body juggling all the time, trying to compensate for the stressors, and coming to balance. At some times, it just gives up, and the organs and the metabolism of the body slow down, telling that it can’t take the excess load. Therefore the body functions much older than it is. This excess age added to the chronological age is called biological aging.
Lyfas measures the biological age with your psychophysiological snapshot, captured through our 101 biomarkers when you place your index finger on the mobile rare camera.
Reminiscence Factor Scale
Assessment of the nature of reminiscence tells us the overall feeling of you about your life. Does it also tell how connected you are with the root and culture? How much self-respect do you have for your beautiful life? Our long-term feeling is an endocrine snapshot. It means that it can tell the overall hormonal state of your mind and body. RFS is a measurement of the assessment of reminiscence.
- If your RFS(Reminiscence factor scale) is to just overcome boredom, it means that you are unhappy with your current life, and want to cling onto the past. This is one of the most important screenings for depression.
- If you talk about your life to stamp who you are and how your life has been a movie of continuity, then you have extremely strong self-respect and you respect the life, no matter how hard and harsh it has been. This is proof that your requirement for life will be less, and you will suffer less from peer and societal pressure.
- If you discuss your life with your partner, and in terms of building intimacy, then you have embraced your partner seamlessly into your life and you want to create a better share memory.
- If RFS is for social interaction, then you are most likely a social person, and suffer less social anxiety, and have more responsibilities towards society. This suggests optimism.
- If you use your life to find out the clues to solve your problems, then, you see your life as a tool to overcome challenges. As such, you see your current status as a challenging situation and is most likely going through several trauma and other challenges.
- If you are talking about your life to prepare others for your death, then you are not optimistic about your current life and that again points to a degree of “given up” thing.
The Reminiscence Functions Scale (RFS) is a 43-item questionnaire that takes 15 to 25 minutes to complete. The RFS assesses the frequency with which adults, 18 years and older, engage in the act of recollecting past experiences or events. Respondents answer questions on a 6-point Likert-type scale, and responses are scored in eight different categories.
Webster, J.D. (1993). Construction and validation of the Reminiscence Functions Scale. Journal of Gerontology, 48(5), P256-P262. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/geronj/48.5.P256
Clinical Relevance of RFS
RFS is extensively used to study Aging. The idea is that if you are happy, you age slowly, and if you are bitter or sad, you age faster. Your Biological age(actual age of the body, mind and organs) is different from your chronological age. Higher the difference between the biological age, it means that you are aging faster.
- Fast aging results in less amount of damage repair at the cellular level and therefore your ability to heal gets reduced.
- The immunity falls with age as we see the atrophy of the Thymus(vanishing of our immunity hard-disk near the pituitary gland, that gets reduced slowly).
- With aging, connections of neurons at different parts of the brain become lower, resulting in memory loss. Memory loss is a marker for Dementia and other diseases.
- Fast aging causes significant inflammation at the cellular as well as at the organ levels, resulting in various chronic diseases and their progress.
- Basal metabolic rate decreases with age, and the body resorts to more catabolism. Therefore the faster the aging, the faster the rate of catabolism.
- With aging, our cardiovascular health degrades.
- Aging leads to hairfall, wrinkles, and other physiological external signs.
Lyfas and RFS
Lyfas calculates your biological aging through the analysis of vascular stiffness, cardiac throughput, somatic health, neuropathy, and so on. Biological Age in Lyfas is a quantification of your aging but doesn’t necessarily tell the exact reasons for this faster aging, beyond Pathological reasons. RFS helps us to Qualify the reason for aging.
Therapeutic Relevance of RFS
We can’t reverse aging, but we can certainly change the speed of aging. It means that we can reduce the biological age of a person, and bring it closer to the chronological age, or even a bit lesser. By quantifying your biological age, we first assess the effect of aging on your health. Then we factor in the RFS metrics so that our healing team can address the exact pointers that lead you to such faster aging if there is faster aging. By holistically addressing the issues, we help you to change your perspective about your life. This reduces the overall risk factor.
By reducing your biological aging, we reduce the risk of your cardiovascular events, and increase the ability of the body to heal from the current chronic situations.
Qualify your Biological Aging and Overall Happiness Snapshot of your Life with RFS Test