For Longevity, Laughter and a Good Night’s Rest

For Longevity, Laughter and a Good Night’s Rest

l Want to live a superlong life? Choose your parents well. Want to be healthy until the day you die? Laugh more, get some sleep, and get a tetanus shot. “Longevity has a strong genetic component, but how healthy you are as you age is largely up to you,” says Harvey Jay Cohen, M.D., director of the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development at Duke University in North Carolina. “Most of us want to be healthy until the end, not live to 100 and be a decrepit wreck.” Cohen tells us how to go the distance in the best shape possible.

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