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Unique Group of 90-Year-Olds Share Top Ten Longevity Tips
Date:2/17/2009

Residents at the Renowned Los Angeles Jewish Home are in it for the

Long Haul and Share Their Secrets for Hopefully Reaching 100

RESEDA, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Los Angeles Jewish Home, one of the largest groups of 90-year-olds living together under one roof in the U.S. all agree on two things: They would like to live to 100, and they believe they have the best ideas on just how to accomplish that goal.

Rick Smith, M.D., medical director for the Home, thinks it is important seniors throughout the U.S. learn from the very special demographic at his facility, where residents live nearly six years longer than the industry average.

Over the past century, life expectancy in the United States has increased about 30 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This has brought the average life expectancy from 47.3 years for someone born in 1900 to 77.3 years for someone born in 2002. Most interesting is the fact that centenarians are one of the fastest-growing segments of society, making what the residents of the Jewish Home have to say particularly relevant.

Though demographers and public health experts are split over whether the next century will see longevity increases similar to the last one, the hearty band of elders at the Los Angeles Jewish Home seem to be onto something special.

"Most of what they suggest is very straightforward," Dr. Smith said. "The overall lesson is a simple one: Get out of bed in the morning and get active. That's what most of our residents do. Their individual activities may vary somewhat, but they all attempt to be active."

According to Dr. Smith, each 90-year-old has his or her own keys to healthy living, ranging from physical intimacy to lifelong learning to traveling. And, of course, there is the "pure luck" of having good genes. Based on their collective wisdom, Dr. Smith offers his to
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