Retired ABC presenter Ian Henderson looks into the secrets of ageing on a special edition of Catalyst.
Retired ABC presenter Ian Henderson looks into the secrets of ageing on a special edition of Catalyst. Contributed

ABC's Catalyst searches for secrets to a long life

THOSE keen on discovering the secrets to longer life should tune in to ABC's Catalyst show this evening.

Journalist Ian Henderson highlights new research that promises to keep us all younger for longer.

The recently retired and much-loved ABC newsreader sets out on a quest to find the key to ageing healthily, and along the way uncovers new science that could benefit us all.

From diet to exercise, learn the simple tips that could add years of healthy living.

The show looks at University of NSW Sydney's Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) studies into the level of life satisfaction of near centenarians and centenarians.

The ongoing research is aimed at gaining a better understanding of ways to enhance the wellbeing of people with exceptional longevity.

CHeBA's Sydney Centenarian Study has to date looked at 410 people aged 95 and over.

Some of these participants are interviewed in the Catalyst feature alongside CHeBA Co-Director Professor Perminder Sachdev.

Study coordinator Dr Catherine Browning said: "We know that our inherited genes play a significant part in longevity, but lifestyle factors and other environmental events can influence the way our genes behave."

"The study is interested in shedding light on these lifestyle factors so we can take charge of the way our bodies and brains age."

If you are 95 years or above, or know someone who is, and you would like more information about participating in the study, contact Dr Browning on (02) 9385 0433 or email c.browning@unsw.edu.au.

This special Catalyst episode screens at 8pm on August 13.


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