Topics of Interest: Exceptional Longevity
More and more people are living longer. In fact, people over 85 make up the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. But living to extreme old age is unusual. NIA researchers have found that exceptional longevity tends to run in some families and is supporting studies to learn more about the secrets to long healthy life.
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NIH researchers find diabetes drug extends health and lifespan in mice
July 30, 2013
Long-term treatment with the type 2 diabetes drug metformin improves health and longevity of male mice when started at middle age, reports an international team of scientists led by researchers at the National Institute on Aging (NIA),...
NIH-commissioned Census Bureau report describes oldest Americans
November 17, 2011
In 1980, there were 720,000 people aged 90 and older in the United States. In 2010, there were 1.9 million people aged 90 and older; by 2050, the ranks of people 90 and older may reach 9 million, according to a report from the U.S. Census...
Personality a factor in longevity and healthy aging
March 15, 2010
Specific personality characteristics may be important to successful aging, according to researchers who studied a group of adult children of centenarians. Other studies have shown that these personality traits promote good health and...
Study seeks long-lived families to learn more about long and healthy life
July 7, 2008
More and more people are living longer. But living to extreme old age is unusual and tends to run in some families. A new study, supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), aims to...
NIH-funded study seeks long-lived families to help discover secrets of long and healthy life
July 11, 2006
Long, healthy life tends to run in some families, and researchers on a project supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) want to learn more about the factors that contribute to it. The Long Life Family Study (LLFS), developed by...
Findings show exceptional longevity runs in families
June 10, 2002
At ages 102 and 104, Bessie and Sadie Delany were probably the most unlikely pair of authors in history. Yet in 1993, they produced a best-selling oral history, Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years. "Sadie,"...
New census report shows exponential growth in number of centenarians
June 16, 1999
The number of centenarians in the U.S. is growing rapidly, according to a new report from the U.S. Census Bureau. During the 1990s, the ranks of centenarians nearly doubled, from about 37,000 counted at the start of the decade, to more...