Old Couple After years of studying older folks, a scientist tells us what it takes to age well.

We asked Luigi Ferrucci, MD, PhD, scientific director of the National Institute on Aging, for three critical factors to a long, healthy life.

Find The Right Stress Level
A little pressure is actually good for you.

“If you never have to react to anything demanding, the mechanisms in your brain that help you deal with taxing situations will atrophy,” Ferrucci says. The key is to find your personal tipping point between pressures that energize and pressures that paralyze you.

Don’t Think Getting Older Is The End Of The World
Researchers found that people in their 30s and 40s who looked on the bright side of aging (it brings wisdom, retirement, and more time with family) were less likely to develop cardiovascular disease later in life — and had lower mortality rates — than those who were more pessimistic.

“In addition to physiological benefits, thinking about aging in a positive way lets you take full advantage of the opportunities it presents,” says Ferrucci.

Build Your Reserves
You’ve socked away money for your golden years, but what are you doing to…read more

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