There’s no doubt that people are living longer lives now than ever before. To provide some context, a Centenarian is a person aged 100 years or older—and a Supercentenarian is a person aged 110 years or older. It’s estimated that there are between 300 and 450 living Supercentenarians worldwide, with 60-75 living in the U.S. Interestingly, there are 63 living female Supercentenarians worldwide—compared to just two male Supercentenarians. The majority of Centenarians in the U.S. are concentrated in the Northeast and Midwest.
So, what are some of the common traits shared by Centenarians? They tend to have great genetics, smaller body frames, strong willpower, large families, a desire to exercise, strong religious beliefs and values, a sense of purpose, plant-based diets and young parents. Some impressive Centenarians include Grandma Moses, Irving Berlin, Queen Elizabeth I, Ba Jin and Dorothea Tanning. With the exception of Tanning, they all lived to be 101 years old—and Tanning lived to be 102.
Remember—while certain characteristics are common in long-living people, adopting them won’t necessarily allow you to live longer. It’s safe to say, however, that maintaining a fit, active and healthy lifestyle will help.