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- April 5, 2013

Senior Focus

'FIT OR FRAIL' ... Engagement — physical and emotional — is the "most important word" when it comes to reasons for longevity, says Portola Valley physician Walter Bortz, author of the 1996 book "Dare to be 100." Bortz was the keynote speaker March 23 at the sixth annual housing conference sponsored by Avenidas and held at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center. Bortz and his wife Ruth Anne, both in their 80s, are heading east next week to participate in the April 15 Boston Marathon — Bortz's 43rd consecutive annual marathon. Bortz said he's planning to give a talk at Harvard before the marathon on "the plasticity of human aging." "My mantra is 'use it or lose it,'" he said. "When you get old you're either alive or dead. If you're alive you're either fit or frail and that's a big difference. You're either a liability or an asset, and that's a big difference. That's not fated beforehand. It's all your choice. It's what you make of it."

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Items for Senior Focus may be emailed to Palo Alto Weekly Staff Writer Chris Kenrick, ckenrick@paweekly.com.

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