This e-newsletter is the first in a series funded by the University of Michigan Demography Center.

In nearly all biological organisms—from yeast to flies to humans—aging is linked to natural declines in physical and mental functions. Social, biological, and other scientists have long been interested in identifying genetic and behavioral factors that could help humans live longer or retain their physical and mental capabilities in old age.

NIA-funded scientists have identified several factors that can improve the chances of staying healthy longer. These factors include eating healthy, exercising, staying in contact with friends and family, and doing things that bring personal happiness. Researchers continue to explore exactly how eating, exercise, and psychosocial factors work to improve health and extend life.

In This Issue:

  • Eat Right and Exercise
  • Socioeconomic Status and Health
  • Stress and Healthy Aging
  • Biological Measurement of Health in Surveys