Two women in my extended family made it to 100 years old. One had children, the other did not. One was honored with flowers and visits on Mother's Day, while the other never received a Mother's Day card.
Early this spring, I came to my ancient great-aunt with news. She was perched in her chair, sitting cross-legged like a yogi, sipping Coca-Cola, and listening to her books on tape when I opened her screen door.
My grandfather is turning 100 years old next month, which completely blows my mind. When he found out about my being gay, he didn't bat an eyelash. This man has celebrated my being here, part of his life's exquisite creation, since the day I was born.
One of us is a 100-year-old physician who has been in an ongoing research study since 1917, and the other is a baby-boomer health researcher who has been heavily involved in conducting that remarkable study.
These competitive senior athletes really like to win. In their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and even at 100, they find competition invigorating. They are fighters, with women accepting black eyes and separated shoulders typically found in basketball games.
A study in the Journal Nature Genetics showed some people are genetically predisposed to age more rapidly than others. Age-associated diseases are more related to biological rather than chronological age.