AWARENESS OF THE AGING PROCESS
In 1997, two MacArthur Fellows, John Rowe and Robert Kahn, released a widely cited book titled Successful Aging. One of the three principles Rowe and Kahn identified is “avoidance of disease and disability.” It’s important to be aware of predisposition to illness. Various estimates suggest that up to one third of aging can be attributed to genetic factors. Awareness of family history of major causes of death, such as heart disease and cancer, can lead to lifestyle changes that reduce the likelihood of disability associated with certain diseases.