The 90+ Study: What You Need to Know About Aging

Want to live to the age of 90 and beyond? Forget everything you have heard about health and wellness. Well, almost everything.

Last night, 60 Minutes ran a fascinating story about the 90+ Study, done at the University of California at Irvine. They have been keeping tabs on 1600 people who lived into their 90’s, looking at all aspects of their health and wellness. Want to know the keys to living longer? You might find some real surprises in their findings.

The 90+ study on aging

Trying to cut down on your caffeine intake? Perhaps you should reconsider. 

The 90+ study on aging - coffee

Many physicians are concerned with blood pressure as a leading source for heart disease. And they should be, though perhaps slightly higher than average blood pressure rates might not be all the bad after all. Consider this:

The 90+ study on aging - high blood pressure

Physical fitness remains important throughout life. The findings showed that 45 minutes a day of cardiovascular activity later in life is the optimal amount of time. And, they discovered, those 45 minutes do not all have to be used at once.

Another happy finding is that we can all stop obsessing about being “skinny” and instead we can focus on being a healthy weight instead.

The 90+ study on aging - weight

Staying active socially is just as important later in life as staying active physically. I can attest to this one personally, after having seen how my own grandmother’s life changed when she moved into an assisted living facility where she plays cards, attends dinners, goes out for walks, discusses books or movies, and participates in group exercises.

The 90+ study on aging - social life

Sometimes after a stressful day I indulge in a glass of red wine. I suspect that I am not the only one to do so, as wine sales in this country are through the roof over recent years. Though maybe your drink of choice is a mojito? Whatever takes the edge off. Perhaps my favorite finding from the 90+ Study is this:

The 90+ study on aging - alcohol

Cheers! To learn more about the 90+ Study for yourself, go to:, or watch the 60 Minutes story in its entirety by clicking here.


  1. Really interesting about the connection between high blood pressure and dementia. Hadn’t heard that one!

  2. I agree wit Jen – that’s really interesting!

  3. How informative! Thanks!

  4. Hmm. Gives you a lot to think about. Guess I shouldn’t feel guilty about that second glass of wine. The blood pressure I can understand, as high BP helps blood flow through the brain, which keeps the neurons nourished. But I had no idea about the other stuff!

  5. I love all of the studies that show I do not have to give up coffee! ;0)

  6. I have had 3 great grandmothers live to be 95-103 and my grandmother is 93 now… she still works out, has a glass of red wine every night, and plays games to keep mentally sharp! She is great role model and fits exactly what you mention here!!

  7. Thank goodness I don’t have to cut coffee!! So interesting about the slightly higher BP!

  8. Wow, it seems like just living, and not intervening with too much medicine or cut backs, may be helpful! I believe in staying active to stay young!

  9. Interesting! I will keep drinking coffee!

  10. I am not much into drinking coffee but i think i am going to start getting on it. A less stressful life on the otherhand for me is the best way to live life and live it longer.

  11. Fascinating– especially about the blood pressure (now that I have gotten mine down).

  12. This 90+ survey is truly fascinating!!!. It is so nice that you have shared this with all of us here. Avoiding caffeine need to be kept in mind. Many of us take it for granted. People with blood pressure being away from dementia wow that really sounds great. I loved one point in particular that is how social life is playing key role………. :)


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