In 1990, there were some 37,000 100-plus-year-old Americans. By 2040, there are expected to be more than half a million. As a group, 100-year-olds aren’t 80-year-olds who have tacked on 20 years of decline. Over 90% were physically and mentally healthy into their 90’s.
To Do Today: Scientists think only about 30% of longevity is rooted in genetics with the rest up to us: Eat right. Don’t smoke. Drink in moderation. Exercise consistently. Keep your brain stimulated. Stay socially engaged. And a last important lesson for aspiring oldsters – avoid stress by controlling what you can, and letting the rest roll off your back.