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Centenarians: The Three R’s of Longevity

Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC

I read a great article in the New York Times regarding centenarians and the three R’s of living longer: resolution, resourcefulness and resilience.  Centenarians that are living a longer, more quality life are “physically active, have extensive social networks and maintain strong ties with family and friends. They are also less likely to be depressed than the average 60-year-old,” according to a study done in Sardinia.

Past research on genetics shows that lifestyle plays a pertinent role in what results in the average person living until 100.  “A Swedish study of identical twins separated at birth and reared apart concluded that only about 20 to 30 percent of longevity is genetically determined. Lifestyle seems to be the more dominant factor.”

Many of the lifestyle concepts discussed in the article coincide with the main concepts of our book Happy to 102: The Best Kept Secrets to a Long and Happy Life.  Just like the article, Happy to 102 lays out many of all the same factors – diet, exercise, sociability, mental challenge and sense of purpose. These  factors make a substantial difference not only in how long we live, but in how well we live.  Based on the ground breaking Okinawa Centenarian Study, Happy to 102 spells out precisely what it takes to delay or escape Alzheimer’s and other chronic diseases, as well as how to slow the aging process.

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