Successful Aging : Myths & Realities|
by Dr. Karen Wolfe
Successful aging is more than the distinction between being sick or not sick. For many years gerontologists were mainly concerned with the distinction between pathologic and nonpathologic states. But absence of disease is not enough. Successful aging is the combination of three key issues:
Research into aging has been revolutionized in the past ten years by the MacArthur Study which created a network of leading research scientists from key fields to determine what aging actually involves. These scientists identified the factors that were enabling vast numbers of people to preserve and even enhance their mental and physical vitality in later life.
In essence, they found that lifestyle choices such as changes in diet, mental stimulation and social connections – more than genes – determine how well we age. These choices can make a difference no matter how late in life they are made.
Let’s first address the top five myths about aging that are in significant conflict with recent scientific data and are far more fiction than fact.
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