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How do you live to be 100? Good genes, getting outside and friends

By Teddy Amenabar

25 Jan 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

The number of centenarians is likely to rise by a lot in the coming decades. The Washington Post provides some tips on how to live that long, though much of it has to do with the "genetic lottery."

Experts predict that the number of centenarians - people who live to be at least 100 years old - will continue to rise in the coming decades. While genetics play a large role in healthy aging, physical activity, social support and where you live also can influence your chances for living a very long life.

Sister André, a French Catholic nun born Lucile Randon, who was the world's oldest living person, recently died at the age of 118. Now the two oldest living people are believed to be María Branyas Morera, a 115-year-old Spanish woman born in the United States, and Fusa Tatsumi, who lives in Osaka, Japan, who is also 115 but 52 days younger than Morera, according to a database by the Gerontology Research Group.

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