1. How large a role do genes appear to play in longevity? 20%-30% 2. What are the “three R’s” in this context? Resolution, Resourcefulness, Resilience 3. What are some of the lifestyle traits common to many centenarians, according to the New England Centenarian Study at Boston University? Being an extrovert, a healthy dose of self-esteem, strong ties to family and community enjoy youthful passions, being physically active, have extensive social networks and maintain strong ties with family and friends. 4. What are some of the main findings of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s study of optimists and pessimists? Those deemed optimistic were significantly less likely to die from heart disease and all causes than were pessimistic women. Optimists were also less likely to have high blood pressure, diabetes or high cholesterol, suggesting they take better care of their health. The pessimists were more likely to be overweight, smoke cigarettes and avoid exercise 5. Why do you think “survivors of traumatic life events” are more likely than other people to live to be 100? People that survive these life events have more reason to live and more appreciation of life itself. This naturally makes them more prone to live longer. 6. What are some of the most common disease that older people tend to get? Osteoporosis, hearing loss, loss of hearing, heart problems 7. What are 3 ways you as a student can do to help prevent health diseases and disorders? Exercise frequently, eat healthy, don’t listen to loud music.
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