90+ research study tracks “the oldest old”
People over the age of 90 are now the fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population. This group is affectionately called “the oldest old.” The goal of a research study known as “90+” is to find out how these folks made it to 90 and beyond. 60 Minutes covered this study in a recent TV segment.
60 Minutes interviews the 90+ group
CBS correspondent Leslie Stahl interviewed Dr. Claudia Kawas, a neurologist and UC Irvine professor. Dr. Kawas leads a NIH-funded study that tracks the lives of a group of 90+ year olds. She started with 1981 data about their diet, exercise, vitamins, and activities. Now, she and her team of researchers examine the 90+ year olds every 6 months – mentally and physically. Her goal is to find out what’s worked and what hasn’t.
A few surprising results
It turns out that regular exercise, moderate alcohol and caffeine intake, and letting yourself gain a little extra weight in your later years seems to make a difference in terms of staying healthy and active over 90.
By DailyCaring Editorial Staff
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