Ever wonder if YOU’LL make it to 90? A Swedish study may help provide a few clues. Researchers followed the lives of a group of men born in 1913, evaluated their health in middle age, and then waited to see what happened… and who survived. Interestingly, the study’s results don’t point to genetic attributes. The men who survived into their tenth decade shared these characteristics:
- They did not smoke. OK, maybe that one’s a no-brainer.
- They drank small amounts of coffee.
- They enjoyed good socio-economic status.
- They were capable of working hard – physically – at age 54.
- They had low cholesterol at age 50.
Given my Parkinson's and prostate cancer, I'm sure I won't be joining the centenarians. Frankly, that doesn't bother me. The 93-year-olds I know are doing surprisingly well physically, and even better mentally. But they are definitely the exception. I've emphasized with my family, my regular doctors, and my power-of-attorney that it's the quality -- not length -- of life that matters most to me.