Harvard Men's Health Watch

Successful aging: Who stays healthy?

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Research shows that lifestyle is key to remaining free of major illness and maintaining a sharp mind in older age.

Long-term studies show men how to boost their odds of remaining free of disease and disability in later life.

As Benjamin Franklin observed, "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." Although no one can promise you a generous retirement income, a healthy lifestyle does influence which men reach their 80s and 90s with minimal physical ailments and a sharp mind and memory.

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