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The centenarians’ offspring study used data from the New England Centenarian Study, which has followed nearly 4,000 centenarians, and some of their siblings and children, since 1994.
The Gerontology Research Group at the University of California-Los Angeles is tracking 38 living super-centenarians, all of whom are 112 or older.
The notion that there are centenarians with 80-year-old kids?
Pianist Marian McPartland, born 100 years ago March 20, may not be the subject of high-profile concerts and probably won’t be honored as widely as another of last year’s centenarians, the eminent jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.
There are more than 300,000 centenarians on the globe already—and one hearty soul has reached the age of 122.
As a group, the centenarians tested lower on neuroticism and higher on competence and extraversion.
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.
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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.
CENTENARIAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of centenarian for English Language Learners
: a person who is 100 years old or older
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