Centenarians' Birthday Celebrations Around the World: Background information when reading The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

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The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

by Jonas Jonasson

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared
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Centenarians' Birthday Celebrations Around the World

While many of us assume that the key to a long life is health and happiness, recent studies from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine suggest that reaching the 100-year mark is a complex blend of genetics, environment, optimism, and emotional wellbeing. Given that recent U.S. census data shows that centenarians make up approximately 0.2 percent of the American population (and in Japan it's even higher, though not without some controversy), it's undeniable that centenarians are becoming only more numerous in countries that have long life expectancies.

Despite increasing longevity, many countries still formally honor a 100th birthday. In the U.K., centenarians receive a telegram from the Queen on a 100th and 105th birthday, as well as each one that follows. Americans receive a letter from the President, and if desired, an announcement on The Today Show. Other countries that have similar centenarian recognition include Sweden, Japan, and Italy. The long-lived Irish are particularly ...

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