June 11, 2002
NIH/National Institute On Aging
Brothers and sisters of centenarians are much more apt to survive to age 100 than other people and have lower mortality rates throughout life, according to a study published in the June 11, 2002 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The finding, the latest in a series of studies supported by the National Institute on Aging, (NIA) that have found certain families are predisposed to long lives, could be a major clue in the effort to demystify exceptional longevity.
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," Bessie once asked, "do you suppose we're ever going to die?" Reflecting on that question after Bessie died in 1995, Sadie wrote, "It did seem rather peculiar both of us living past 100, outliving everybody around us." But new research suggests the Delany sisters' extraordinarily long lives weren't just a fluke of nature.
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