If you want advice on health in your 80s, who better to ask than two 80-year-olds who dedicated their careers to public health?
Recently, Jane E. Brody, who has written The Times’s Personal Health column for 45 years, and Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, who has directed the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for 37 years, first came over Zoom to talk about life as an eighty-year-old. They laughed, discussed the challenges of training with a safety detail, and offered advice on how to thrive in old age.
“Take care of yourself, sleep soundly, don’t let stress and good nutrition overwhelm you,” said Dr. Fauci, who turned 80 in December 2020. Exercise is really important. I think the fact that I have been a marathon and 10k runner for the past few decades was very important to staying fit, looking and feeling fit. “
Ms. Brody, who celebrated her 80th birthday this month, agreed. “I think you have to keep doing this,” she said. “People ask me, ‘How do you do this? ‘I said, “Well, I’m not stopping.” If you stop, it’s all over. Do not stop. Go on, go on “
Listen to their conversation.