Dr. Thomas Perls from the New England Centarian Study spoke today at the Brain Health Forum at the American Society on Aging Conference in Chicago. The focus of the brain health forum was on lifestyles that lead to longevity. Attitude, genetics, exercise, interests, nutrition and not smoking or “buying into anti-aging quackery” were the main message.
It turns out that 70% of reasons for healthy aging relate to environmental and behavioral factors.
Some amazing statistics: there are 50,000 centarians today, and somewhere between 60-70 living super-centarians, those over 110, with the oldest being 114.