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1 - Map and Compass

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 June 2023

Elizabeth Eckstrom
Affiliation:
Oregon Health and Science University
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Aging is not about parents or old people. It’s about all of us. Centenarians in Blue Zones are largely free of diseases that plague the rest of us; heart disease, depression, diabetes are rare. People in Blue zones develop dementia at a 75% lower rate than in the US. Our book defines strategies that everyone might engage in—no matter what culture, population, region we live in--to enjoy these same benefits. As for happiness in aging, while 40 percent is dictated by our genes, 40 % is under our own control. There are positive ways to care for our mind, body, and soul, and to cultivate the vitality of each.

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The Gift of Aging
Growing Older with Purpose, Planning and Positivity
, pp. 4 - 10
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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