Living to 100 or more years is not an aberration anymore. Jerry Freidman author of Earth’s Elders: The Wisdom of the World’s Oldest People gave us an unprecedented look at the hearts, minds and spirits of these “extreme elderly,” and in the process, uncovers remarkable insights into health and the ageing process.

And many others are also looking at the ageing process from the perspective of scientific gerontology. A recent article in the Economist gives a good picture of the research that is going on to help find ‘replacement parts’ for our bodies – just like a good auto mechanic and his parts for your car.

Who knows if anything will ever come from the research and if it does I certainly won’t be around to make a trip to the ‘repair shop’. But for now, the best advice is to eat your green veggies.