X-Message-Number: 13421
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2000 06:58:50 -0800 (PST)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: Centenarians: the older you get, the healthier you have been

The Lancet 354: 652 August 21,1999


    A retrospective analysis of the health and functional status of
centenarians shows they are healthy and independent for most
of their lives and experience a relatively rapid terminal decline.

Additional quote from text of the report:

    "Functional impairment, though common at the end of their lives,
was uncommon at a mean age of 92 years when 89% of the
individuals were living independently."

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