Living to 100 is becoming a not-so-uncommon occurrence. Modern miracles in medicine and healthier living in general have made this milestone more often possible for senior adults. There are a number of qualities that many centenarians have in common, and in this briefQ&A Kelley D. Hamilton, CEO of Bonaventure Senior Living, shares a few of them.
Q: Is there any truth to the hype that people live longer in specific areas of the world? Kelley D. Hamilton: Well, yes and no. For the most part, this is not accurate – however there are a few geographic clusters where people do seem to live longer.
Q: Why do scientists think these areas exist? Kelley D. Hamilton: Facts point to a genetic line prevalent in the area that promotes longer life. There are several predominantly Celtic or Scottish heritages which have a predominant gene for longer life spans.
Q: Are there any physical traits of centenarians? Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes. They are tall and lean. There are generally no obese centenarians.
Q: What diseases do centenarians generally face? Kelley D. Hamilton: None. That's just the thing. Centenarians typically do not face any diseases of old age prior to age 92.
Q: Is it common for centenarians to have smoked or consumed alcohol at any point in their lives? Kelley D. Hamilton: There are always exceptions, but it’s is not common. Most centenarians have not smoked or abused alcohol at any point in their lives.
Q: What about nonphysical characteristics that might be typical of centenarians? Kelley D. Hamilton: It’s interesting that you would mention that. In fact, most centenarians are very spiritual and/or quite religiously oriented in life.
Q: Are there any indicators of longevity based on child birth? Kelley D. Hamilton: Yes, actually. Centenarian women have been shown to bear children into their 40's which is becoming less uncommon in modern times as average life spans increase.