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Will You Enjoy Getting Older?

After hearing about Percy and Florence Arrowsmith, the British couple who celebrated their 80th wedding anniversary last week, then reading another survey about the large number of Japanese over age 90 -- the million or so who are very much alive and kicking -- it made me wonder how most Americans would answer the question I posed in the headline above.

The two news pieces highlight two important cornerstones of longevity. In the case of the Arrowsmiths, owners of the longest marriage in the record books, you can see how kindness and loving devotion have really done wonders for their health. In fact, being married is one of the crucial factors in maintaining a healthy heart.

As far as the rising number of Japanese over age 90, you can chalk up much of their longer lifespan to a healthier diet that includes a much higher ratio of omega-3 fats versus omega-6 fats than Americans due to their consumption of fish. Because mercury has contaminated virtually all of our supply of fish, however, the best and safest option of balancing your intake of omega-3 and omega-6 fats is to take a high quality fish or cod liver oil daily.

The demographic report about the Japanese also found those age 65 or older accounted for almost 20 percent of the country's 128 million people, a record-breaking number for that country. And, due to lower birth rates and an aging population, the Japanese are also forced to work as they get older, a lifestyle becoming much more common among Americans because they couldn't or didn't set aside enough money for their retirement and taking into account the bleak future for Social Security.

USA Today June 5, 2005

USA Today June 1, 2005

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