“We can say with certainty that regular jogging increases longevity. The good news is that you don’t actually need to do that much to reap the benefits.” So says Peter Schnohr, a Danish researcher who has completed a significant study on the relationship between longer life and jogging.

Some newspapers and other media previously suggested that perhaps jogging was too dangerous for middle aged men, after a few died while running. It was thought that jogging could put too much strain on the heart. However Schnohr’s study strongly suggests otherwise.

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As an anti-aging supplement, is  resveratrol proven?

Grapes are the source of the anti-aging supplement resveratrol.
There are many products which people think make a difference to longevity. But for an anti-aging supplement there is one compound which has gained masses of public attention. This compound is resveratrol which is naturally found in the skins of red grapes,red wine, mulberries and even peanuts. Read More…

World’s Oldest living man celebrates 115th birthday
Yahoo! News Blogs (blog)Jiroemon Kimura of Kyoto, Japan, the world’s oldest living man, celebrated his 115th birthday on Thursday.According to the Gerontology Research Group (GRG), an international body that specifically deals in longevity research, he is not only the world’s oldest living man, but is the third-oldest man in recorded history.

“I’m delighted beyond words,” Kimura said of his milestone.

However, Kimura is not technically the world’s oldest living person. That distinction belongs to Georgia resident Besse Cooper, who was born on August 26, 1896.

Kimura has fathered 7 children (5 are still alive), has 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. He says eating small portions of food has been his secret to longevity. Kimura worked at a post office for 38 years before switching careers to become a farmer, which he was until he was 90 years old.

And Kimura has another distinction: He is technically a supercentenarian, someone who is 110 or older. According to GRG, there are 70 verified supercentenarians alive today.

Omega3 helps us to live longer and healthier according to many studies.

Omega3 fish oil has come to be seen as something of a miracle product. If we dispense with the hype, it has become clear that Omega3 fatty acids do seem to bring significant improvement for the elderly. And there is  a lot of well run research to back this up.

Omega-3 has been shown to bring improvements in cognitive performance.  Though some memory loss is quite common as people age, omega3 does seem to bring real benefits. One research study in Japan for example, discovered that supplements brought improved immediate memory and attention in most of the subjects tested. In this particular study little impact was seen on those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, though other studies have noted distinct improvements.

Omega-3 is also great for you heart. It seems to regulate blood clotting and as a result, can reduce the risk of common ailments such as hypertension and coronary artery disease, which can lead to potentially fatal conditions such as stroke and heart attack. One recent Norwegian study of 254 frail hospitalized elderly people with an average of 82,  demonstrated an impact on longevity. The researchers said this was most likely the result of the heart benefits of omega-3, given that this was the reason for most of the deaths in this grouping.

There are also benefits for those who suffer from arthritis. Although there is no conclusive evidence to show that omega 3 fatty acids actually cures arthritis, it does reduce pain, swelling and stiffness due to aggressive rheumatoid arthritis. And it is also considered that omega-3 can reduce the risk of certain cancers, although further studies are needed.

Omega-3 fish oil can improve vision by removing some macular degeneration, a common complaint among the elderly. This means that activities such as reading and driving (which requires a strong central vision) can be performed later in life. This is information worth sharing with those who are living longer lives, to encourage them to add Omega 3 to their diets.

Fish, nuts and flax-seed are good natural food sources of omega-3, given that it is not produced by our own bodies. For most of us, taking daily omega-3 capsules are the most straightforward way of ensuring our levels of the active ingredients are adequate.

Omega3 is one of the few products where there is some clear evidence for improved longevity and if you only take one supplement, this is likely to be the one most would take.

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Cheer up. Stop worrying. Don’t work so hard?

UC Riverside study of longevity unearths surprising answers.

Good advice for a long life? As it turns out, no. In a groundbreaking study of personality as a predictor of longevity, University of California, Riverside researchers found just the opposite.

“It’s surprising just how often common assumptions – by both scientists and the media – are wrong,” said Howard S. Friedman, distinguished professor of psychology who led the 20-year study.
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A great sleep is essential for great health and longevity.

  • Do you toss and turn at night?
  • Does your mind race with events from yesterday and ideas for tomorrow?
  • Do you rely on prescription pills?

Kitten sleeping with open mouthThese issues and many more are common to millions of people worldwide. Ideally seven to eight hours a night is recommended. However the reality is that for many, they just do not get enough sleep. Requirements do vary somewhat from person to person, but to function effectively during the day you need to awaken well rested. If you struggle to get enough sleep try the following:

1. Get enough exercise during the day, and then have a wind down period for a couple of hours before sleep. Aerobic exercise is particularly beneficial because it releases endorphins and helps relieve stress.

2. Make going to bed at the same time a habit. You may need to organize this with your partner or other family members. A happier you will be a reward for them.
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Living longer and working longer go hand in hand according to research.

When does old age start?

In many countries an older worker is still defined by government agencies as someone over the age of 40.  But most of us in the western world don’t think that way (unless we are teenagers!) and realize that we are all living longer.  There can be the impression that older workers are a drag on society using up precious resources. Some think that senior citizens hinder younger people from gaining employment.

The case for employing older workers

The fact is though, that those who remain productively employed are more likely to stay fit and healthy.  This means a lower usage of heath care than would otherwise be the case.  There will always be some slowing down once people get into their 60’s. However older workers have been shown to have lower rates of absenteeism and a stronger work ethic. They are also less likely to have accidents at work than their young co-workers.
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image of an inspirational elder who is 101

An excellent vintage

She is keen to live longer! Yesterday we held a party for my mother in law who has just turned 101. She is truly amazing.  Sometimes I just watch her, sitting in an armchair in the corner invariably reading her way through a newspaper or magazine – and without glasses. She reads everything and anything from cover to cover and will talk sensibly about what she has been reading.

Sure, she has slowed down somewhat and walks slowly with the aid of a walking stick. We walk slowly behind her and have a little smile watching her. Whenever anyone is going anywhere she is keen to go, even if it means hours of travel. She rarely misses church on Sunday and sometimes goes to other meetings as well.

At times recently, she forgets who people are, yet can carry on a good conversation and ask relevant questions.  The other day she went to a local school and answered questions from the children and had a photo taken with each one of them.

She puts her longevity down to hard work and God blessing her so she can enjoy her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. By the time most people had left the party, she was still awake and chirpy, more than most of the rest of us!  Truly an inspiration. She is certainly one to live longer and seems like she will go on for ever.

The Fountain of Youth – then

How to live longer has been a goal of mankind since earliest times. Some sought a quick solution to living longer in the legendary Fountain of Youth which reputedly restored the youth of anyone who drank of its waters. These waters were also spoken of among indigenous peoples of the Caribbean during the Age of Exploration and one story  tells of a Spanish explorer who  was searching for the Fountain of Youth when he called in to what is now named Florida in the early 16th century. Since then, the source of  has been often associated with Florida. Read More…