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The very old: How different from you and me?

March 09, 2014

The very old: How different from you and me?

Some aging superstars get away with breaking the rules. For the rest of us, healthy choices should pay off.

In 2002, the television show Dateline did a segment about exceptional longevity. Paul Roberts was one of the people featured. Roberts smoked three packs of cigarettes a day for 50 years. He was still drinking three martinis daily. But there he was at age 90, spry enough to be fixing his roof.

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