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Exactly how long centenarians live may simply be a roll of the dice each year.
According to a National Center for Health Statistics brief from January 2016, there were 72,197 people aged 100 or over in 2014, a 43.6 percent increase from the number in 2000, 50,281, though centenarians remain uncommon.
There are yoga sessions in Chiang Kai, meditation with monks in Laos and a final stop in Ogimi, a village in Okinawa known for its preponderance of centenarians, who will share their secrets over lunch.
Glastonbury's nonagenarians and centenarians, a total of 48 in all, were honored at a special luncheon, on May 17 at the Glastonbury Senior Center.
And a full-evening tribute to centenarian Jerome Robbins found the company operating at peak level.
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 United States also doesn't have a federal or central database on the world's supercentenarians or centenarians.
The gnarled roots of centenarian trees push through concrete sidewalks throughout the neighborhoods of Freehold Borough in Monmouth County, N.J.
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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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