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Ageing and Mental Attitude

Our genetic makeup will determine survival differences through the early stages of life. By the time we get to age 60 our mental attitude has a greater bearing on longevity. These are the views of the National Ageing Research Institute of Australia as quoted in Jill Margo's article in today's Financial Review.

This theme is also the focus of Harvard Psychiatrist George Vaillant's book "Ageing Well: Surprising Guideposts to a Happier Life". The book is based on a study of 800 Harvard graduates in the 1940's through to retirement and death. He claims that mental and physical health are as closely related as height and weight. Alan McLean, director of NARI, cites 70 year old Rupert Murdoch's continued involvement in the cut and thrust of business dealing as an example, implying he enjoys what he is doing and stays fit through it.

Posted Saturday, 21 December 2002

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