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My Elderly Space

A look at the remarkable lives of the elderly


Centenarian Secrets

Frank Di Paolo, Jr. is 100 years old. "I am, honestly, 100 and a half years old," Di Paolo said. And he doesn’t miss a beat! He drives to work every day, working in the office of a state senator. "I met governors. I met senators. I met presidents and their wives. So honestly, I was happy. I was very happy," Di Paolo continued. He's happy and healthy at 100 … and a half.

Thomas Perls, M.D., director of the New England Centenarian Study in Boston, has studied centenarians for more than decade.

Centenarians also tend to have certain personality traits. "Many of them had very, very stressful lives, but what seems to be the key to them is they don’t hold on to stuff. They don’t dwell on it," Dr. Perls said. They are rarely depressed.

"I always laugh," centenarian Ellen Doble said.

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