Ageless is an adjective describing a person or thing whose age cannot be defined, is nonexistent or does not change.

It can also describe immortality, most specifically eternal youth.

Ageless people

Agelessness can be attributed to people whose physical characteristics do not match their age.

The Castrati singers of the Renaissance aged differently than other men due to the lack of testosterone and other hormones, which took a toll on their appearance and stature. Specifically, Alessandro Moreschi (1858-1922) was described as having no facial hair and a young voice and appearance.

Modern examples

Agelessness is also something with which many Hollywood celebrities have been known to strive for, sometimes undergoing cosmetic surgery to attain it. Demi Moore, Naomi Campbell, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Madonna are particularly known for their efforts to appear 'forever young'. Television host Dick Clark has been described as "America's Oldest Teenager." Many viewers have hardly perceived his having aged since the 1960s, despite being born in 1929. The appearance of Andy Milonakis is also ambiguous since he suffers from a hormone disorder, allowing him to perform the role of a young teenager in his shows.

Actor Suzanne Somers attributes her youthful appearance to the use of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy. Her 2006 book "Ageless" continues the theme of her 2004 book "The Sexy Years" that restoring hormones (especially sex hormones) to youthful levels is the key to agelessness.

Methods to achieve agelessness

Cosmetics exist largely to aid in attempts to diminish the effects of age. This use sometimes creates conflicting age indicators (for example, red hair belonging to a wrinkled face), making age determination difficult.

Botox, silicone implants, tummy tucks, facelifts, and nosejobs are examples of surgeries that attempt to remove the signs of age. Sooner or later, however, the effects of the passing years do start to show on the body as it endures wear and tear. Scientists across the world are also working on finding the reason of aging and have come out with various theories, but still have a long way to go before this phenomenon is fully understood and controlled.


Gods and goddesses were considered eternal in most ancient mythologies, and were endowed with eternal youth. In Greek mythology, this was achieved by the gods' eating ambrosia.

Media and fiction

Comics and cartoons

Agelessness is prominent in cartoons, comic books, comic strips, and other illustrated media. Characters and situations are staged in an eternal present where change and causality are considered arbitrary and disposable. Ageless characters in comic books often appear as superheroes, deriving immortal or timeless properties from accelerated or supernatural healing, time travel, interdimentional origin, and other fictional devices. In cartoons and comic strips, agelessness is used to preserve continuity in an episodic format.

Pulp literature

Long-running series of pulp novels can develop ageless characters. The main characters in The Hardy Boys have remained 17 and 18, and have been located approximately in the "present day" since 1926. The same can be said for The Nancy Drew series. Nancy has remained 18 years old for many decades (although she started out at the age of 16).

James Bond is a realistic ageless character. Some of his ally characters, including M, Q, Miss Moneypenny, Bill Tanner and Felix Leiter also do not age throughout both the novel and film series, which began in 1953 and 1962 respectively. Ian Fleming, the creator of Bond, tinkered with details of Bond's early life and changed dates to ensure Bond was always the appropriate age for his stories, a practice called retconning.

Fantasy literature

Tolkien's Elves are an iconic example of creatures who are ageless. They are not subject to entropy and decay, unlike Men and the rest of the Middle-earth. Tolkien described his elves as young, yet with some 'wisdom' and experience in their eyes and behaviour; he also stated that Elves do change and age—not by growing old, but by changing other features in their appearance. The combination of youth and overwhelming maturity makes the age of an Elf undefinable and alien by mortal standards.

The Aes Sedai of Robert Jordan's "Wheel of Time" series are described as ageless. A feature of their magical abilities extends life and makes their age difficult to place despite their white hair and physical frailty.

Television soap operas

On television, the process of a character (usually a child) aging unusually fast has been a common feature in soap operas and is known as Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome or "SORAS". The reverse effect, where characters fail to age at the rate they should be or in fact even get younger, is known by a the newer, opposite term known as de-SORAS.

ee also

*Indefinite lifespan
*Life extension
*Werner syndrome
*Neverland, a place in the "Peter Pan" mythos people can remain young forever


*cite book
last = Somers
first = Suzanne
authorlink = Suzanne Somers
title = Ageless: The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones
publisher = Crown
date= 2006
id = ISBN 0-307-23724-9

*cite book
last = Somers
first = Suzanne
authorlink = Suzanne Somers
title = The Sexy Years: Discover the Hormone Connection - The Secret to Fabulous Sex, Great Health, and Vitality, for Women and Men
publisher = Crown
date= 2004
id = ISBN 0-609-60721-9

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