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November 15, 2013

More Americans living to 100 and beyond

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“I think they ate better. A lot grew up on the farm. They knew how to survive. That generation is inherently tough. I really believe they have the ability to handle adversity,” he said, noting the importance of keeping the mind and body active.

From 1980 to 2010, the number of centenarians in the United States grew 66 percent, while the total population grew 36 percent, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. As of the 2010 census, more than 53,000 Americans were 100 or older. Based on estimates, by 2050, there will be more than 600,000 centenarians in America.

Supercentenarian status — for those living to 110 — is achieved by about one in 1,000 centenarians. Estimates put the number of supercentenarians in the world at a few hundred people out of more than seven billion people. There are only about 60 individual verified cases of living supercentenarians today.

Northwest Ohio is one of the places on the planet with a supercentenarian in its population. Tiffin resident Audrey Lott, born Oct. 18, 1903, became a supercentenarian at the age of 110 recently.

Lott has a few years to go to earn accolades as the oldest person ever. Jeanne Louise Calment, who died in 1997, was a French supercentenarian who reportedly had the longest confirmed human lifespan in history, living to the age of 122 years.

Misao Okawa, born March 5, 1898, is a Japanese supercentenarian who, at the age of 115 years, is listed as the world’s oldest living person today.

Jeralean Talley of Inkster, Mich., was born May 23, 1899, and at the age of 114 years, is reportedly the oldest living American and is the second-oldest living person in the world.

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