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Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003 - Page updated at 12:00 a.m.
This week, The Seattle Times looks at what it means to age well — a growing issue for individuals and for society as the number of older Americans reaches historic highs.

A Challenge of a Lifetime | Aging Well
From age 20 through age 80 and beyond, an exploration of what it means to grow older and what to do to stay healthy.

Age boom hastens the quest to live longer, better lives
As our life spans grow, so has our pursuit to remain healthy, vital and independent into our later years. Puget Sound-area researchers are now at the forefront of the effort to unlock the mysteries of longevity.
Maintaining ties to roots lengthens lives of Japanese Americans
The Kame Project reveals that connecting to homeland is among factors that aid longevity in Seattle residents.
Stakes are high to help those with chronic diseases
There's a national movement to help people stay healthier as they age. The goal: Manage chronic conditions before they spiral out of control.
Slashing calories: Can it really lengthen your life?
Studies show that cutting calorie intake can lengthen some animals' lives. Whether the same strategy can extend human life remains to be seen.
Unlocking the secrets to a long life
Scientists believe they eventually will be able to slow the aging process, but humans are pitted against an extremely formidable foe: evolution
How to get copies
Newspaper copies of the special section "Aging well: decade by decade" are available at The Seattle Times main office, 1120 John St., Seattle; Times Eastside Bureau, 1200 112th Ave. N.E., Suite C-145, Bellevue; and Seattle Times Snohomish County Bureau, 1133 164th St. S.W., Suite 101, Lynnwood. Lobby hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For a copy by mail, send your request with a check for $2.50, which includes postage and handling, to:

The Seattle Times
Aging Well
P.O. Box 1735
Seattle, WA 98111

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