Centenarians Often Healthier Than Younger Seniors:

They have less chronic disease than those in their 80s and 90s, researcher says

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Health Day News — Americans who are 100 years or older have lower
rates of chronic illness than younger seniors, a new study finds.

George Washington University researchers used U.S. Veterans Affairs Administration
data to compare centenarians with people in their 80s and 90s. Most were white men who had fought in World War II.

Additionally, this generation lived through the Great Depression,” study
author Dr. Raya Elfadel Kheirbek said in a university news release. “It is a
wonder, considering the hardships they had faced, that they have achieved such
longevity.”

She said this never-before-studied group of centenarians at the VA offers an
important message of resilience to anyone who is struggling.

Kheirbek, an associate professor of medicine at George Washington, is also
a palliative care doctor at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington,
D.C.

Due to their military backgrounds, many centenarians in the study had a
strong sense of discipline and, therefore, tended to make healthy decisions such
as not smoking or drinking, according to Kheirbek.

The findings were published recently in the Journal of the American
Geriatric Society.

Centenarians are among the nation’s fastest-growing age groups.
Their numbers are expected to top 1 million by the end of the century,
according to the U.S. Social Security Administration.

SOURCE : George Washington University, news release, June 7, 2017

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