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Burlington County Times: Seminar will address living to 100

More people, especially in the United States, are living past the age of 100 every year. Even so, reaching centurion status is still a celebrated feat, as only 1 percent of the population is 100 or older.

In 1935, the average American’s chance of living to 100 was about 5 percent. Today, the odds are about 13 percent for the baby boomer generation. Millennials will fare even better, with one in four expected to live past 100.

While it’s easy to claim that age is only a number, is it realistic to expect life at 100 to resemble life at 60? Those who value quality over quantity may be concerned about diminishing physical and mental capabilities. Is there any way to ensure a seamless transition from senior citizen to super senior citizen?

It’s a question that Dr. Mary E. Swigar, of Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, hopes to answer during her presentation, “Aging Optimally: Could 100 Be the New 60?” from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Medford Leas theater at 1 Medford Leas Way.

 

Swigar, who also served as an associate professor at the Yale University School of Medicine, will teach those in attendance about lifestyle habits and ways that could help them continue to live life to the fullest, even as they get older. The seminar will include tips on how to maintain physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, cultural and occupational wellness that Swigar has put together through her research.

The presentation is part of the Pathways to Learning program, which brings various presenters to Medford Leas.

Registration is required by Friday. Call 609-654-3588, email pathways@medfordleas.net or visit medfordleas.org/event.

Published by Melissa Hanejko, Correspondent, on October 31, 2017

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