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Secrets of the Centenarians

What is it Like to Live for a Century and Which of Us Will Survive to Find Out?

By (author) John Withington
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Reaktion Books, London, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Sep 2017
Dimensions: w 152mm h 245mm d 25mm
Weight: 550g
ISBN-10: 1780238185
ISBN-13: 9781780238180
Barcode No: 9781780238180
In October 1995, French grandmother Jeanne Calment became, so far as we know, the oldest human being who has ever lived, when she reached the age of 120 years and 238 days. She went on to survive for nearly three more years. On the long journey to her record-breaking age, Calment acquired more and more companions. Centenarians are the fastest-growing section of the population. In Britain, there are more than ninety times as many as there were a hundred years ago. Secrets of the Centenarians delves into the curious reasons why their number is growing at such an incredible rate. John Withington explores the factors that determine which of us will reach a century and which of us will fall by the wayside. Is it down to lifestyle or genes? Does where you live play a role? Is surviving to one hundred a boon or a bore? Finally, he explores whether, even if the number of centenarians keeps increasing, there remains a maximum life span beyond which we cannot survive. Thoughtful, well-researched and highly entertaining, Secrets of the Centenarians reveals some of the most intriguing secrets of growing older.

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"Withington has been gathering research about centenarians since 1984, when he spearheaded a current-affairs series on 100-somethings for Britain's ITV network. Today, this long-lived cohort is the fastest-growing segment of the population and will likely remain so for years to come. Along with wisdom on how to live a long life, Secrets looks at 'blue zones, ' global hot spots with a disproportionate number of centenarians; the upper limits of longevity; and a good overview of research on living a long life."--Sarah Murdoch "Toronto Star "