Monday, August 19, 2013
Danish Adults and Longevity
WebMD reported a study of 2,262 Danish adults starting at age 92. The study was designed to determine whether or not exceptional longevity came with high levels of disability. The short answer was no, it did not. Overall, extreme age did not bring extreme disability. The study participants did have a slight decline in their ability to perform routine activities, mental skills test scores, grip strength, and other measures, and fewer were independent at 100 than at 92. However, the conclusions were: "Most individuals can expect to experience physical decline before they die, but the postponement of this individual decline makes it possible for us to live into a fourth age" stretching toward 100. That's encouraging so I'm aiming for 120!