Living to be 100 is frequently touted as the test of vitality — and a glance at The Lutheran's 100+ Club proves plenty of people are doing it.
Scientific advances may soon push U.S. life spans even beyond that of 114-year-old Verona Johnston of Worthington, Ohio, the oldest known living American.
While the aim is to extend life and health, some worry that people will live longer with no guarantee their added years will be good.
Gwen Halaas, project director of the Ministerial Health and Wellness Project with the Division for Ministry, says, "Believe it or not, this is an issue of stewardship.
"Since we can't know the length of our lives, it's in our best interest to steward our health — physical, emotional, intellectual, vocational, social/interpersonal and spiritual. Living well is living a balanced life, made easier within a community of believers. The vitality of the church is a reflection of the vitality of its members."
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