Wanted: Really Old Families for Aging Study

Posted on July 11, 2006 

Wanted: Really Old Families for Aging Study

Longevity tends to run in some families and a new government-funded study aims to unlock the secrets of why this is.

Developed by the National Institute of Aging (NIA), the Long Life Family Study, or LLFS, is now recruiting families with long-lived members. Researchers are looking for families in which several people have lived long lives. They are particularly interested in hearing from families with at least two living members aged 80 years or older who have living children residing nearby.

“Other studies have indicated that longevity tends to run in families,” said NIA director Richard Hodes. “The planned LFFS is designed to determine the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to longevity and the ability to escape diseases normally associated with aging such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, stroke and heart disease.”

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