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Why a Biotech Company Bought Sardinians' DNA

About one in every 2,000 people in Ogliastra lives to be 100

(Newser) - About one in every 2,000 people in Ogliastra, a province in eastern Sardinia, lives to be 100, the Financial Times reports. According to Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News , that's five times the normal rate in the developed world and nearly 50 times greater than the rate in the... More »

Meet the First 100-Year-Old Model in Vogue

Stylish Marjorie 'Bo' Gilbert says she dresses for herself, not for 'boys'

(Newser) - Marjorie "Bo" Gilbert has bragging rights that no other model who's ever graced the pages of Vogue can claim: She's the first 100-year-old woman to appear inside the magazine, Business Insider reports. As part of an ad campaign for UK store Harvey Nichols—which includes a two-minute... More »

Evicted California 100-Year-Old Gets a New Home

Evelyn Heller got some surprise help, too

(Newser) - A 100-year-old woman evicted from her apartment has a new home in the Southern California desert after a newspaper reported on her plight and motivational speaker Tony Robbins and a local congressman joined in helping her, the AP reports. Evelyn Heller represented herself in a trial in which her Palm... More »

106-Year-Old Busts a Move With Obamas

Virginia McLaurin made the first couple's day

(Newser) - Even 106-year-olds dance for joy. Need proof? You've got it thanks to a White House video shared on Twitter on Sunday. It shows centenarian Virginia McLaurin busting a move while meeting President and Michelle Obama at the White House for Black History Month, reports Us Weekly . "It's... More »

Centenarians Not So Rare Anymore

Numbers spiked 44% from 2008 to 2014: CDC report

(Newser) - This should boost your hope for a long life, especially if you're a woman: The number of Americans living past 100 has spiked by 44% over the past six years. Centenarian numbers have risen from 15,000 in 1980 and 50,281 in 2000 to 72,197 in 2014,... More »

Study May Reveal Why Some People Live So Long

It's in the genes

(Newser) - Science may be closer to figuring out why some people live so darn long. Researchers studying 1,800 people over the age of 100 and another 5,400 over the age of 90 discovered four genes linked to their longevity, Live Science reports. "There's a reasonably strong genetic... More »

There's Only One 1906 SF Quake Survivor Left

Ruth Newman, who was 5 when massive temblor hit, has died at 113

(Newser) - Ruth Newman, thought to be one of two remaining survivors of the Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 that shook the city and the surrounding area, has died. She was 113. Newman was 5 years old when the quake struck, shaking her home in a Healdsburg ranch about 70 miles... More »

Japan to Centenarians: No More Pricey Gifts for You

Expensive congratulatory cups for centenarians may be downgraded or dumped

(Newser) - This year's Respect for the Aged Day in Japan is fast approaching, but this time the country's government won't be commemorating the September holiday with its usual wares. Every year since 1963, Japan's newly inducted centenarians have received a sakazuki , a special commemorative silver sake cup... More »

How This Woman Made It to 110: 3 Beers and a Shot

Preferably Johnnie Walker Blue

(Newser) - Agnes Fenton turned 110 on Saturday. It's a headline-worthy milestone, but the Englewood, NJ, woman's birthday is attracting extra attention because of an ABC News interview she gave at the young age of 105. In it, she was asked about the secret to a long life, and the... More »

Woman Gives Blunt Answer on How to Make It to 100

Pauline Spagnola credits 'a fair amount of booze'

(Newser) - The WNEP news anchor reporting on Pauline Spagnola might have been right on the money when he said she "may have thrown back a few" while celebrating her 100th birthday on Tuesday. That's because, like the 110-year-old Nebraska man who attributes his longevity to a daily can of... More »

NJ Man, 100, Could Be Oldest US Murderer

Prosecutor says he killed sleeping wife, then himself

(Newser) - A century-old New Jersey man ended his long life in a horrific fashion on Sunday, killing his sleeping wife with an ax before taking his own life, according to a prosecutor in Bergen County, NJ. The bodies of Elmwood Park residents Michael Juskin and his wife Rosalia, 88, were found... More »

Woman Turns 100 With Skydive, Sharkdive

Georgina first jumped out of a plane at 92

(Newser) - What better way to mark your long life than by risking its end? Celebrating her 100th birthday with a parachute jump is not enough for South African Georgina Harwood, who plans to make her centenary even more exciting by doing a shark cage dive tomorrow. Her birthday skydive was a... More »

103-Year-Old Golfer Nabs Hole-in-One—His 8th

Gus Andreone is likely the oldest golfer to have done it

(Newser) - There's no small amount of luck that goes in scoring a hole-in-one in golf, but if you've managed the feat eight times you might want to start picking Lottery picks for your nearest and dearest—though it probably doesn't hurt if you've been hitting the links... More »

Man, 101, Has Worked at One Company for 73 Years

Hy Goldman says the work is what keeps him young

(Newser) - Do what you love—not just to enjoy yourself, but possibly even to live longer. So says Herman "Hy" Goldman, who yesterday celebrated his 101st birthday not in a nursing home but surrounded by coworkers at Capitol Lighting in East Hanover, NJ, where he has been working for 73... More »

How We Keep Track of Those Who Make It to Age 110

Only 72 supercentenarians confirmed to be alive today, all but 2 are women

(Newser) - Making it to 100 is a huge feat—only 1 in 5,000 Americans do. But making it to 110 (and gaining the title supercentenarian) is thousands of times harder—only 1 in 5 million do, according to Time . The volunteer-based Gerontology Research Group has been tracking these elderly elite,... More »

Here's What Eventually Kills Centenarians

New study looks at causes of death for the 100-and-over crowd

(Newser) - Centenarians really are different than most of us. A study in the UK has revealed that the oldest of the old typically die not of the chronic illnesses that often fell the “younger” elderly, but of infections or frailty, LiveScience reports. Out of almost 36,000 centenarians who died... More »

Guatemalan May Be World's Oldest Person at 120

Juana Chox Yac is a new arrival for centenarian researchers

(Newser) - The world may have a surprise new "oldest person," and by a good margin, reports AFP . A daily newspaper in Guatemala reports that a woman named Juana Chox Yac has a government birth certificate that puts her age at 120. That would make her four years older than... More »

What It's Like to Be 100

Pretty good, even if you've got several illnesses: researcher

(Newser) - Though plenty of people want to live a long time, they don't find the idea being of 100 years old particularly appealing, a researcher tells the New York Times . Good news, Prof. Daniela Jopp finds: The people who make it to 100 tend to feel pretty optimistic about life,... More »

Want to Be 100? Sleep and Eat Right

Spirituality and socializing also help

(Newser) - What can you do to live for more than a century? Researchers from UnitedHealthCare surveyed a group of centenarians and collected advice on achieving longevity. Here are their tips, courtesy of SmartMoney : More »

Woman Sets Paragliding Record ... at Age 101

She decided to do it because her 75-year-old son did

(Newser) - A 101-year-old Utah woman who ushered in her birthday with a tandem paraglide ride last year will soar into the record books today. Great-great-grandmother Mary Hardison has been officially recognized as the "Oldest Female to Paraglide Tandem" by Guinness World Records. She has supplanted a 100-year-old woman from Cyprus... More »

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