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
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?
They were in general good health; and when health problems
did arise, they had the financial resources to cover health care
Many of the women had never been married.
Of the women who had married and had been mothers….many of
them gave birth after the age of 40.
They were extremely independent.
One-third of the people studied had experienced no dementia
at all. Of those who did, the dementia had occurred very late in
q They had
many coping skills which helped them deal in a positive way with a
variety of stresses they had faced.
q Most are non-smokers.
They were not obese. While these common factors have a big
impact on longevity, doctors don’t discount your genes and family
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.
Interested in learning more
about this study or know someone who is nearing their 100th
birthday? The researchers continue to enroll
participants in the study.
The Long Life Family Study: 1-800-304-4317