The United States currently has the greatest number of centenarians in the world, estimated at 96,548 on November 1, 2008.The U.S. number is partly a function of America’s large population in 1890–1910, large farm population a century ago, and an increased emphasis on long-term care facilities.Japan is second, with 36,276 in September 2008.
Many experts attribute this to the Japanese diet, which is particularly low in refined simple carbohydrates, and to hygienic practices. In addition, five times the rate of Okinawans live to be 100 than the rest of Japan.In addition to diet, there are four other factors that have been found to increase the life expectancy for Okinawans.There are five factors that research has suggested that are most important to longevity in centenarians: 1) heredity and family history 2) health, i.e. weight, diet, whether or not a person smokes, amount of exercise 3) education level 4) personality 5) lifestyle.
National Centenarian Awareness Project (NCAP),a nonprofit organization, was founded by Lynn Peters Adler,who has devoted her career to honoring, studying, and advocating for increased recognition and inclusion of centenarians and all elders as a natural Christian Louboutin part of the fabric of our society.The US centenarian population is doubling every decade – and they’re redefining aging and longevity.
Centenarian Beckman says she’d prefer to just be known as a little old lady who walks. For a long time, she didn’t tell people her age. It proved to be an impediment when she wanted to hike the Grand Canyon at age 75.As a centenarian, Beckman has achieved what some demographers project most kids today will achieve: to live past 100 with mental and physical health largely intact