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Beyond 100: What We Can Learn From People Who Pass the Century Mark

Researchers are interviewing centenarians and super centenarians around the world.  What does it take to live a long life and to maintain adequate physical and emotional functioning way beyond the 100 year mark?

 

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8 comments

1 Sue Bride { 09.07.13 at 3:45 pm }

Interesting statistics. Although our health systems, hygiene and medical knowledge means we are living longer than a century ago our lifestyles, mental attitudes and diets often need improving.

One aspect of the stats that I think is misleading: the lower rate of centenarians in Australia. Our population was tiny 100 years ago with mass emigration starting in the 1950’s and 60s, mostly composed of younger people. No wonder we don’t have too many over 100.
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2 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 09.07.13 at 4:39 pm }

Sue,

Interesting perspective. Who knows how these statistics are gathered. Since Australia is further away, perhaps there has not been enough study there to determine how many centenarians and super centenarians actually live in Australia. What is most important is to understand the quality of life issues, diet, exercise and mindset that keeps people living longer and remaining healthy and active longer.

Warmly,

Dr. Erica

3 Yorinda { 09.30.13 at 1:25 am }

Hi Dr. Erica,
it is very intersting to see those statistics and we sure can learn from them.
Body, mind and spirit go hand in hand together.
As I have reached my 6th decade I continue to even more think about my contribution to humanity which was already more dominant in my fifties.
I wonder whether people who feel like they make a contribution live longer?
Thank you for sharing this.
Love and Light
Yorinda
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4 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 09.30.13 at 12:00 pm }

Yorinda,

Research does not focus on whether or not a centenarian contributes to society.
The focus tends to be about their current living situation – diet, exercise, friendships,
lifestyle, spiritual connections, mental attitude. I would think that having a strong
purpose would give us the will to live longer.

Warmly,

Dr. Erica

5 Leanne Chesser { 04.02.14 at 5:30 pm }

I love how learning and laughter are significant factors in living a long life (there are a lot of Ls in that sentence :)). I love to learn, laugh a LOT, eat a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle. I’d love to be around to 100+!
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6 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 04.02.14 at 5:44 pm }

Leanne,
I like that you pointed out that there are a lot of l’s in the sentence. Just think of how soothing the letter “l” is – lofty, light, lilting. So laughter, learning and healthy lifestyle – and you left out two more – “love” and “leisure.”

7 Andy Bland { 03.15.15 at 4:29 pm }

I won’t mind living that long if I look like 60 lol
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8 Dr. Erica Goodstone { 03.15.15 at 7:53 pm }

Andy,
And what if you don’t look like 60 but you feel good and are able to still contribute to society in some way, surrounded by friends and neighbors and family.
Warmly,
Dr. Erica