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To qualify for membership in the Live Oak Society, a tree must have a girth of at least 8 feet, with those measuring 16 feet or more recognized as centenarian.
That may be one reason why this lively centenarian has an extraordinary memory for someone her age, suggests a recent study by researchers at Northwestern University highlighting a notable link between brain health and positive relationships.
Kirk Douglas rang in his 101st birthday this past Saturday, and, per People, the famous centenarian really knows how to celebrate.
Shimane prefecture, where Hamada is located, is aging especially rapidly, with one of Japan’s highest concentrations of centenarians.
It's estimated that America is home to about 72,000 centenarians (people aged 100 or older).
As a centenarian raised in an opinionated family of four daughters and a son, Mrs. Schlesinger considered feminism nothing novel.
Of those who make it to 100, only a tiny fraction of centenarians have siblings still alive, much less one who is their senior.
Pinterest At just two years shy of becoming a centenarian, Grandma Gladys still knows how to party, and her loving granddaughter is by her side to spark up the fun.
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Did You Know?
We can't say there are exactly 100 English words based on the Latin root centum, meaning "hundred," but there are certainly dozens. "Centenarian" isn't the oldest one; it only dates from the late 1700s. Far older is "centurion" (an ancient Roman military officer), which has been around since the 13th century. A younger "centum" offspring is "centisecond," a rare term for 1/100 of a second that dates from the 1950s. From colorful words such as "centicipitous" (which means "100-headed") to practical ones like "centgener" ("a device for planting 100 seeds"), "centum" descendants have enlivened our language for centuries.
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