Live longer with good neighbours

A study has been completed on Australians who have lived past 100 years of age. Nearly 200 were interviewed to help discover what might have contributed to their longevity. We often think this is all about our genes but they aren't as predictive of age as we might think. Only 20-30 percent were related to your family of origin.

What is not surprising is that maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding smoking and excess drinking, and regular exercise increased your longevity. But what was surprising was that maintaining good relationships was just as important as maintaining good health. Of those studied, 90 percent had regular family contact and 76 percent participated in regular group exercises.

Good genes and good health sure help you live longer but good friends and a close family also have a big impact.


- Madds

Madeleine Powley