The 90+ group
The 80+ group
What do they have in common?
Have they had a life of clean living?
Nope, many of them have lead hard lives: booze, drugs, jail, IRS problems and more
Do you have good genes?
If your parents lived to 100 they've given you a genetic advantage.
As we all know lifespans have increased greatly over the last century due to advances in health care, clean water, better and more nutritious food. Not to mention a great reduction in childhood diseases. But, as the following science article makes clear longer lifespans due to medical advances don't correlate with aging well.
So, the obvious conclusions to aging well as a musician I drew from this article and my own experiences?
David Story: Professional pianist, drummer, composer, and educator. Well into his 5th enthusiastic musical decade, David works with adults pursuing musical dreams in the autumn of life, while he maintains an active presence in the Toronto arts scene.