Health and Life of Ten Super-Centenarian Women

“My 80s were the best years of my life!” — Besse Cooper, 116

According to Dr. Thomas Perls, professor of medicine at Boston Medical Center, women are better able to deal with disease; they can develop an ailment but can survive and live for a long time, while men are more at risk to death from disease. So men who live over 100 years have to be much healthier to survive at extreme old age.

Perls said, “At any one time in the U.S., there are about 70 super-centenarians alive.” Researchers have discovered that people reaching…