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Covering lifestyle, genetics and policies that lead to healthy aging

Eileen Beal
Eileen Beal

For Dr. John W. Rowe and Robert L. Kahn, authors of “Successful Aging,” the book that got the nation thinking about healthy aging, it’s a goal: “[L]ow probability of disease and disease-related disability, high cognitive and physical functional capacity, and active engagement with life.” For the quick-read version of the book, see Rowe and Kahn’s article in The Gerontologist.

For other thought leaders, it’s a public policy issue. And for those who are actively promoting healthy aging, it’s the outcome of the life-long interaction of various “dimensions” of health (genetic, physical, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, occupational, environmental).

Health journalist Eileen Beal explains the concept of healthy aging, what it involves and suggests a number of story ideas and points reporters to good sources to help in telling the stories of their communities.

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