Who Can Live to Be 100?
October 27, 2009
by Diana R. Milne

My dad recently celebrated his 90th birthday and our family hosted a party in his honor. Jokingly, I told Dad that on his 100th birthday we’d celebrate by going to Hawaii…and that he could pick up the tab! He didn’t hesitate for a minute before saying, "It’s a deal."

Do you aspire to live to be 100 like my dad? If you do, you'll be interested in this information from the "Work and Family Life" newsletter (May 2009, Vol. 23, No. 5).

The article said that the number of 100-year-olds is increasing. The Boston University Medical School has been doing research since 1994 on this subject and has discovered some interesting data. The study involved both men and women who have lived to be 100 and the participants were from a wide variety of backgrounds.

What did these 100-year-olds have in common?

Several studies confirm that extreme old age tends to run in families. Many children of centenarians also have significantly lower rates of age-related diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

--reprinted from Silver Threads, a collaboration of University of Missouri Extension specialists

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