Research on longevity determinants and implications. TRA, Nov 2016


This issue of "Today's Research on Aging" highlights recent longevity research conducted by NIA-supported researchers, including those listed below. The issue discusses research on the key social, behavioral, and genetic determinants of longevity and healthy aging, and the implications of rising life expectancy for the health and well-being of older adults. Among the findings are the following: (1) people 95 years and older have more positive attitudes toward life, experience less distress, and are more extroverted than the population at large, (2) men with the genetic variant known as FOXO3 have almost three times the odds of living to nearly 100 years of age than their peers without the genetic variant, and (3) the prevalence of activity limitations is increasing among adults ages 55 to 64.