Celebrating Centenarians
Longevity Research
A nationwide research study on people 100+ years old and their secrets to long and healthy lives.
Anywhere in the USA and Southern Canada
No Cost To Participate
Centenarians (100+ years old)
Fast Facts
Siblings & Offspring
Can Participate
Celebrating Centenarians in the USA
Rillie Simmons was born in 1915 and grew up on a rural Alabama farm.
She earned her degree from Troy State Teachers College and taught for 39 years in the Coffee Springs, AL area.
Ms. Rillie lived independently until the age of 103, when she transitioned to assisted living.
Ms. Rillie was supposed to be a twin, but her counterpart was miscarried in the womb.
She thinks it may have something to do with her longevity.
She maintains a balanced, healthy diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Ms. Rillie does not dwell on the past or fret about the future, and her family describes her as a dynamic, positive person.
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About this research study:
Centenarians (ages > 100 yrs) are outliers not only for their exceptionally long lifespans but also for their ability to delay or escape from aging related diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer's disease.
Longevity and protection from age-related diseases runs in families, with the offspring of centenarians often demonstrating similar characteristics. This suggests that exceptional longevity is a heritable trait that has biological underpinnings.

This research study aims to identify protective biological factors associated with exceptional longevity and protection from diseases by identifying longevity profiles in blood and stool. This project will also perform similar biological profiling on at least 60 different mammalian species of varied life spans to identify factors contributing to long life span that may also be relevant for human longevity.
Meet the Investigators
  • THOMAS T. PERLS, MD, MPH
    Director of the
    New England Centenarian Study,
    Professor of Medicine at Boston University

    Geriatrics, extreme longevity, genetics
  • SOFIYA MILMAN, MD
    Director, Human Longevity Studies
    Associate Professor of Medicine at
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

    Geriatrics, extreme longevity, compression of morbidity
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