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Wednesday, October 28, 2009


You may embrace your birthday each year with grand parties and paper hats or you may dread its approach because it’s a reminder that there’s a limit to the number we get in a lifetime. One thing we can all celebrate is our lifespans, for Americans the average is 77.7 years. It’s a long life compared to other mammals: mice live an average of 2 years; rabbits about five years; deer live 10; cats and dogs live about 12 ; black bears live 19; and elephants live 40. (These are average lifespans, not how long the animals could live.)

If you’d like to try to beat the average lifespan, the library has more than 66 books you can consult. Here’s a sampling of titles:

Superhealth: 6 Simple Steps, 6 Easy Weeks, 1 Longer, healthier Life by Steven Pratt.

The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest by Dan Buettner

The Longevity Bible: 8 Essential Strategies for Keeping Your Mind Sharp and Your Body Young by Gary W. Small

Dr. Perricone’s 7 Secrets to Beauty, Health and Longevity: The Miracle of Cellular Rejuvenation by Nicholas Perricone

Healthy at 100: the Scientifically Proven Secrets of the World’s Healthiest and Longest-Lived Peoples by John Robbins

Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You’re 80 and Beyond
By Chris Crowley

Ageless: Take Control of Your Age and Stay Youthful for Life by Edward l. Schneider

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