By Ofer Zur, Ph.D.

We are going to live longer, but will we live well? While 25% of our longevity is genetically determined, 75% depends on our thinking and the lifestyle we choose.

Positive psychology suggests we will be become happier as we age and offers strategies for how to help it happen. The Zur Institute is offering a new course that surveys research and the thinking of anti-aging experts who accentuate the positive aspects of aging.

The online course, Aging and Positive Psychology, just got a major makeover with new and updated content and audio interviews with eight leading anti-aging experts. The new course is offered for 10 CE Credit Hours and replaces the ‘old’ Aging course which had also been offered for 10 CE. (You can take the new course for 10 CE even if you have completed the previous Aging course.)

Aging: It is not what it used to be

  • Longitudinal research finds that altruistic people live longer.
  • Genetics accounts for 50% of your happiness but only 25% of your longevity.
  • As people age, they tend to become more positive and happier.
  • There is no research support for the vast majority of arthroscopic knee surgeries, and little support for the vast majority of arthroscopic shoulder surgeries.
  • Many prominent researchers are now citing inflammation as the primary cause and common denominator of most chronic diseases.
  • People who, as children, held negative stereotypes about aging developed more cardiovascular problems decades later.
  • In 2030, the US is projected to have 72 million citizens 65 and older.
  • In the New England Centenarian Study, the centenarians (people 100+ years old) averaged only one prescription medication and most didn’t have a single disability until at least age 95.
  • While in their hundreds centenarians are teaching in major universities, practicing medicine, writing bestselling books, flying airplanes, running corporations, and participating in sports.
  • Can’t teach an old dog new tricks? George Dawson didn’t learn to read and write until he was 98. At 100, he coauthored his autobiography, Life is So Good. At 100, Selma Plautt earned her BS from the University of Toronto. A Holocaust refugee, English wasn’t even her native language.


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