Archive - December, 2016

Studies looking at centenarians

Assoc Prof Angelique Chan of Duke-NUS Medical School and CARE.

Centenarian (those over the age of 100) studies are going on or have been done all around the world including in Japan, Sydney, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Denmark and US. In Japan, the country is even doing a “supercentenarian study” with those aged 105 to 109, according to Assoc Prof Yasuyuki Gondo of the School of Human Sciences, Osaka University, Japan, at a recent centenarians forum held by Duke-NUS Medical School’s Centre for Ageing Research and Education (CARE).

Calling centenarians the “fastest growing group of people”, another speaker Prof Yasuhiko Saito of the University Research Center, Nihon University, Japan, explained that through studying them, “We are interested in finding out how to live a long and healthy life.” He added: “Increasing longevity is a great achievement but it also changes for [different] societies.”

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