Longevity and successful aging

I. Chien Wu, Liang Cheng Hahn, Xi Zhang Lin

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Abstract

As the population ages worldwide, promoting the well being of the elderly is becoming an important public health issue. Centenarians, who live not only a long and productive life but also a good, vigorous and disability-free life, could be considered a model of longevity and successful aging. Longevity depends on both specific long-life genes and healthy lifestyles. For most people, lifestyles are modifiable factors that could be adopted into daily activities. The components of healthy lifestyles are identified as regular exercise, appropriate diets, and avoidance of smoking. Recent studies indicate that the restriction of calorie intake, as well as genetic predispositions play major roles in longevity, which deserve further investigations. Successful aging in general population can be evaluated by the model of morbidity compression. In addition to the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, implementation of healthy lifestyle and avoiding or alleviating common geriatric syndromes(depression, falls, incontinence, low body mass index, dizziness, vision and hearing impairment, etc) are all required for successful aging. Identifying valid aging clinical markers as well as improving the delivery of health services will ultimately facilitate successful aging for all generations, which is long-waited for our societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-400
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Internal Medicine of Taiwan
Volume19
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Internal Medicine

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