People in Their 90s Staying Sharper
Study finds that the very old are aging better
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 10, 2013 6:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – Those who make it into their 90s today are sharper and healthier than previous generations who lived that long, say Danish researchers in the Lancet. They compared two large groups of seniors, one born in 1905 that was tested in 1998 and the other born in 1915 that was tested in 2010. Generally speaking, the latter group did better on a range of physical and mental challenges. What's more, the 1915 group had a 28% greater chance of living to at least 93, and a 32% greater chance of reaching 95, reports USA Today.

“There’s a fear that getting older means many years of living in bad shape with a rather gloomy outlook,” the lead researcher tells Bloomberg. "I’m looking forward to living longer than 90 myself after this study.” The researchers chalk up the improvement to a host of factors including better nutrition, vaccinations, and intellectual stimulation. “We have to change our image of aging,” says another reseacher. “It’s not being old and decrepit at 90; it’s being old and active.”

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Jul 11, 2013 7:59 AM CDT
Big whoop. Cling to those years for what? To party? Do a marathon? Have a few kids? Record a chart busting hit? Either way you end up every bit as dead and just as forgotten after a generation. Rotting in the grave for 1200 years till some archaeologists decide they have a right to dissect your generic remains. Bring on the epithets.
Jul 11, 2013 1:42 AM CDT
All the participants in this study were Danish, I would not expect the results to be the same in this country. My own (very numerous) dealings with the American medical system over the past few years has convinced me that the American medical system is much better at keeping you alive than at making you get better. Most American doctors aren't really doctors anymore, they are drug pushers.
Jul 10, 2013 9:32 PM CDT
Could it be the colonoscopy? Nha, they seeing doctor more often, who tells them: "you would be surprised if in your age nothing hurts", so they live doc office have few shots of W and feel better.