For those who do not want to see active living pass them by, a look at children of the long-lived may point to some traits that are beneficial as age increases.
A study of centenarians done at Boston University revealed that personality traits that are often passed down to children, may be linked to longer life an
d reduced risk for several diseases.
The New England Centenarian study found that children of centenarians, who had an average age of 75, were at a reduced risk for diseases linked to deaths among the elderly, especially those that can impact cardiovascular health.
In a study done by Boston University, researchers found that many of these older people were more extroverted and less neurotic than their peers, suggesting that good stress management may lead to benefits to heart health.
"Whereas men and women generally differ substantially in their personality characteristics, the male and female offspring tended to be similar, which speaks to the importance of these traits, irrespective of gender, for health aging and longevity," the authors noted.