Why do some people age better than others?

I was A2A, and I apologize for my tardy response.

Aging largely has to do with genetics, with secondary causes being environmental and health behaviors.  With these elements factored in chronological age has less bearing on biological age than does how one has lived.

It helps to have been born blessed with good skin, teeth, and bone structure.  However, people who start out with those advantages can just as easily look older than their peers at 60.  Everyone knows by now that diet, exercise, smoking and alcohol consumption all have a bearing on aging, as does stress.  So do where we live, exposure to infectious disease, and exposure to sun.

A Benedictine monk I know once told me that by the age of 40, we have the faces we deserve.  I think that is an insightful observation.

As we get older, we become physically less like our peers.  That's  because we are the sum of our life experiences.  As little kids, not much  has happened that makes us look different from our  peers.  But by middle and old age, we have had decades to develop and  maintain habits -- ways of thinking, pursuit of inner peace, attitudes toward life and other people -- that have an enormous impact on our faces and bodies, both negatively and  positively.

I think that about sums it up.
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