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The word “age” typically brings different thoughts to different people at different stages of their lives.

Generally, people want to live a long, happy and healthy life... but we don’t want to grow old, since age has a stigma clinging to it.

Also, many economical, psychological and sociological literary resources relating studies of age suggest a decidedly negative relation between an older person and his/her work performance. According to many of these resources, older persons, on average, accomplish less and deliver poorer work quality (see, for example, Verhaeghen and Salthouse, 1997).

Such older persons are, according to Ebner et al., 2006, less motivated because of a reduced outlook towards a viable future.

An older person seem to favour a more tranquil lifestyle above the hustle and bustle of corporate life and no longer want to compete in the “rat race of Society.” (See (Bertrand and Mullainathan, 2003; Li et al., 2011). According to this resource, these effects often materialise before the person turns 50, and progresses as the person ages further.

Could this really be the case, or is it just another stereotype hung around the necks of a certain social group of people? Does aging affect stable work performance?

The science of human biology states that, should one live ones life in optimum climatic, environmental, communal, financial, sanitary, nutritional, wellness and healthy conditions, without having ones life inadvertently ended unexpectedly, one should enjoy an average lifespan of between 100 years and 120 years.

Adhering to so-called “healthy” habits and acting responsibly regarding ones health may prolong ones life a bit, as may protective- and precautionary medication will, the latter being merely aids to protect and perhaps strengthen ones body, and to supposedly keep us fit.

However, one has to realise that it is the spirit that allows one to age with dignity. A healthy body is indicative of a healthy spirit within that body. One has to make live ones life as naturally as possible, thereby taking responsibility for ones own, personal health; it is such a natural, tranquil life that would be the catalyst for true health, making it possible for a 90-year old to act, feel and even look much younger.

“Age is just a number” and “one is only as old as one feels” are but to proverbs related to age that are used by many people. And if only all of us could believe those words and act upon them, a great many premature deaths would be prevented.

Consider the “Hunza people, an Asian population group of people who lives in the Hunza River Valley, and of whom there has been said of good things related to their health and average age.

The Hunza people have already achieved longevity and the words “sickness” or “disease” are almost non-existent in their day to day conversations. They are always happy and healthy because of their lifestyle.

This small community are always full of energy and they always look young thanks to a healthy genome. They are living evidence that the ideal, human lifestyle require for an ideal life actually does exist. To them, age really is just a number.

To newcomers, who have decided to join the Hunza in their valley, it has become clear that a healthy diet is key to staying young and viable.

Also significant is the fact that the cancer does not exist within the Hunza community. This is the only community on Earth where cancer is completely absent. Their perpetually smiling faces and good disposition undoubtedly further advance their emotional as well as their bodily wellbeing.

A Chinese magazine related an occurrence in 1984.

A Hunza man by the name of Said Adbul Mobuda, presented his passport at London's Heathrow Airport. Immigration officials were confused, since this man’s passport stated that he was born in 1832, which made him 160 years old. He was considered a protégé among the Hunza people, even recalling occurrences which took place in 1850.

For more about the Hunza people, you may read the book "Hunza - People who don't know about the illness" by R. Bircher.

This book emphasizes some fundamentals of the Hunza diet, testifying to the fact that these fundamental dietary elements are critical for a longevity, i.e., an extended and vigorous life. This diet includes large amounts of raw, healthy, organic vegetables, fruit, organically grown and free of artificial chemicals such as chemical pesticides, etc.

Foods that are predominantly biologically valuable products, naturally grown. Sweets and alcohol do not form part of their normal, daily diet, and they regularly engage in periods of fasting.

The above shows that age does not have to affect work performance. It proves that a healthy lifestyle and a natural, clean diet will sustain humans to beyond the generally assumed age limit assign to us by scientists… even until the age of 160 and beyond.