Best New Ideas in Retirement: These ‘super seniors’ are living longer, healthier lives

It’s a simple routine: stretches, sit-ups, push-ups, leg raises. Bending. Stooping. It isn’t overly strenuous, but it gets the blood flowing and makes Richard Kane feel a sprightly 70.

Which is terrific, given that Kane is 97.

“I’ve been doing this same, 26-minute routine three or four times a week since the Eisenhower administration,” he says proudly. (That’s the 1950s, folks.)

The former Air Force pilot, who lives in Alexandria, Va., flew during the Berlin Airlift and later served as an intelligence officer, and he’s at the extreme end of a growing wave of Americans who are living longer than prior generations — in some cases far longer.

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