Growing Old – a new study

The man in this picture is 95 years old.

By the way, he happens to be my dad.

Ninety-five may seem like it’s quite old, but, it’s actually far from the record.

The oldest person ever, or in recent recorded history, was a lady named Jeanne Calment from France. She endured for 122 years and 164 days. The next oldest person reached 120, followed by a single 119, two 117’s, five 116’s, sixteen 115’s, and about fifty 114 year olds.

Incidentally, the Canadian record is held by a lady named Marie-Louise Meilleur who made it to 117 years and 230 days.

According to a new study, the key to living longer is having a purpose in life.

According to Dr. Patricia Boyle, a neuropsychologist at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center and an assistant professor of behavioural sciences at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, setting goals and working towards them is a huge factor in longevity.

“It can be anything — from wanting to accomplish a goal in life, to achieving something in a volunteer organization, to as little as reading a series of books.”

Apparently, it doesn’t really matter what the purpose is. It could be something as simple as taking care of a dog or playing a regular game of pool with friends.

http://www.livescience.com/health/091002-fountain-of-youth.html

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