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My Elderly Space

A look at the remarkable lives of the elderly


How long will you live?

It's encourage to read about the active lifestyles of the elderly, including those well beyond a hundred-years-old. But what of our own lives?

That's the goal of livingto100.com. The site was designed by Dr. Thomas Perls, a Boston longevity expert who heads the New England Centenarian Study, the world's largest study of those over the age of 100. "It's very much an evidence-based [tool]," says Perls. "I think it's a pretty good gauge, based on the available literature."

Genetics aside, there are still many factors we have control of and can affect our likelihood of living healthy and well beyond the 100 year mark.

Go ahead and take the test and see for yourself.


China's oldest newlyweds

The couple exchanged their "I-do's" last week in China's Zhejiang Province. The 106-year-old groom and 81-year-old bride are being recognized as the oldest newlyweds in the country.

Pan's first wife passed away more than 20 year ago and Chen's ex-husband died of illness 11 years ago. The couple, both native of Yongjia County, got to know each other eight years ago and Chen has been taking care of Pan ever since.

The pair decided to get married in April and their decision won support of the two families.

"We were told that we needed to show our residence cards to get married, but Chen's has been lost for a long time," said Pan.

Local civil affairs bureau made a concession to the couple after getting to know their story.


Advice from three centenarians

Pauline Miller, 102 years old, along with Felicia McGinley and Corine Springer, both 100 offer up some advice for longevity in this video. Click below to watch the video.


86-year-old not bothered by construction noise

Some may say 86-year-old Edith Macefield is stubborn. But maybe she just has perspective. She has refused to sell her 108-year-old Seattle home to developers for $1M, now construction of the new multi-story project has started all around her.

"I don't want to move. I don't need the money. Money doesn't mean anything," she said.

And the construction crew? Far from being annoyed, they see her as a grandmotherly figure. The site superintendent even drives her to the doctor and brings lunch for her. But what about all the noise coming from the construction, surely it must drive her crazy!

"I went through World War II, the noise doesn't bother me," she said.