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Predictive Health by Michael M. E. Johns, Kenneth L. Brigham

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CHAPTER 3

Toward Exemplary Health

HILDA ECHT WAS one hundred years old when she invited a stranger to lunch at her upscale Atlanta retirement home. She had rehabilitated from a stroke and survived uterine cancer a few years earlier. Her bones, having done their job for all those years, now couldn’t support even her ninety-pound frame without the help of a walker. But she met her guest at the door and guided him to the large dining room.

There was still a hint of what must have been a spring in her now-halting step. She spoke to everyone she passed, asking about their welfare in a strong lilting voice and elaborating the details of their various challenges sotto voce to her guest. Her expression was fixed in a warm smile, and her eyes were bright. ...

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