The Danish 1905-Cohort Study has shown that the life expectancy of your parents is of significance both for your health and how you will manage in old age. This study showed that children with parents who lived to an advanced age had slightly improved muscle strength, memory, and health compared to those with parents who died at an early age.
It is therefore possible that children of parents with exceptional longevity also age in a different manner than children of parents who die early. Furthermore, genetic factors may help advance a successful aging.
By means of information from church books and the Danish Civil Registration System, we have succeeded in tracing 4,500 families in which two or more biological siblings have reached the age of 90 years or more.
For further information please contact:
- Kaare Christensen, MDSc