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Age-related changes are irreversible


It is time to dispel the false and discouraging claim that old age is too late for efforts to reduce risk and promote health. Not only can we recover lost function and decrease risk, but also in some cases we can actually increase function beyond our prior level. Research shows that it is almost never too late to bring healthy habits such as smoking cessation, sensible diet and exercise. Making these changes can mark the transition from the risky state we call "usual aging" to the goal we all share: "successful aging".

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