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Centenarians: Life Style for a Long Healthy Life

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Abstract

The population is aging and the fastest growing group of older adults in the United States and the world are centenarians. This chapter reviews studies of centenarians in many regions of the world to find commonalities among this category of exceptionally long-lived individuals. Centenarians share many intersectional lifestyle characteristics that may contribute to their longevity. While it is difficult to prove causality for each lifestyle factor’s influence on centenarians’ extremely long life, many of the behaviors and social-environmental health determinants of centenarians can stand on their own as evidence-based complementary and alternative lifestyle practices. A growing body of evidence is showing that many of the same health behaviors of centenarians reduce the stress response, decrease incidence of chronic disease and contribute to longevity. Health care professionals can learn about the aging process and lifestyle factors that may contribute to longevity by studying centenarians.

Keywords

Centenarians Health span Oldest of Old Mindful Aging Wellbeing Longevity Health Behavior Successful Aging Complementary Medicine Alternative Medicine Lifestyle 

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Informative Websites Pertinent to Centenarians

    The Okinawa Centenarian Study: Evidence based gerontology

    1. Okinawa Research Center for Longevity Sciences: Evidence based gerontology. https://orcls.org/.
    2. World’s longest life expectancy, health, successful aging due to lifestyle. www.okinawaprogram.com/study.

    New England Centenarian Study

    1. National Geographic: Five “Blue Zones” Where the World’s Healthiest People Live”. These cultures have uncovered the secrets of longevity. https://www.nationalgeographic.com/books/features/5-blue-zones-where-the-worlds-healthiest-people-live/
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    3. The New England Centenarian Study’s mission is to study centenarians who we believe carry the secrets to successful aging and how to delay or even escape … www.bumc.bu.edu/Dept/Home.aspx?DepartmentID=361

    The Georgia Centenarian Study

    1. University of Georgia Gerontology Center research on the conditions and needs of those who reach the age of 100 and beyond. Publications: http://www.geron.uga.edu/research/Publications.php

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social workUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.(Gerontology) President & CEO Chakra Tonics Inc.San FranciscoUSA

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