A centenarian is an individual who has survived to the age of 100, approximately 20 years longer than the average life expectancy. The number of centenarians in the United States has increased and will continue to increase. According to census data, 53,364 centenarians were alive in the United States in 2010, an increase of 65.8% over the last 30 years. More supercentenarians (those who have attained the age of 110 years or older) are also found around the world. Jeanne Louise Calment of France is known to have attained the oldest age ever, 122 years and 164 days. It is common that female centenarians outnumber male centenarians. According to census data, women make up 82.8% of all centenarians.

Even though there have been major increases in ...

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