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Medical News & Perspectives
April 1, 1998

‘Life Begins' for Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging—Research Group Has 40th Birthday

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JAMA. 1998;279(13):982-983. doi:10.1001/jama.279.13.982-JMN0401-3-1

AGING Americans are making news—and so is an institution that has pioneered in studying them.

Senator John H. Glenn, Jr, soon becomes the world's oldest space traveler at the age of 77 years. Gloria Stuart in her Titanic acting comeback at the age of 87 years is Hollywood's oldest Oscar nominee.

And the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (BLSA)—having reached the once traditionally accepted "middle age" of 40 years—also is combining years of experience with the innovations required to meet today's demands.