Characteristics of 32 Supercentenarians
Version of Record online: 30 JUN 2006
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume 54, Issue 8, pages 1237–1240, August 2006
How to Cite
Schoenhofen, E. A., Wyszynski, D. F., Andersen, S., Pennington, J., Young, R., Terry, D. F. and Perls, T. T. (2006), Characteristics of 32 Supercentenarians. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 54: 1237–1240. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2006.00826.x
- Issue online: 30 JUN 2006
- Version of Record online: 30 JUN 2006
OBJECTIVES: To report phenotypic characteristics of 32 age-validated supercentenarians.
DESIGN: Case series.
SETTING: U.S.-based recruitment effort.
PARTICIPANTS: Thirty-two supercentenarians.
MEASUREMENTS: Multiple forms of proof were used to validate age claims. Sociodemographic, activities of daily living, and medical history data were collected.
RESULTS: Age range was 110 to 119. Fifty-nine percent had Barthel Index scores in the partially to totally dependent range, whereas 41% required minimal assistance or were independent. Few subjects had a history of clinically evident vascular-related diseases, including myocardial infarction (n=2, 6%) and stroke (n=4, 13%). Twenty-two percent (n=7) were taking medications for hypertension. Twenty-five percent (n=8) had a history of cancer (all cured). Diabetes mellitus (n=1, 3%) and Parkinson's disease (n=1, 3%) were rare. Osteoporosis (n=14, 44%) and cataract history (n=28, 88%) were common.
CONCLUSION: Data collected thus far suggest that supercentenarians markedly delay and even escape clinical expression of vascular disease toward the end of their exceptionally long lives. A surprisingly substantial proportion of these individuals were still functionally independent or required minimal assistance.