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
Additional Information
Who is eligible for this research study?
You would qualify for this research study if you meet the following criteria below.

Criteria:
  • Individuals that are 100+ years old
  • Child or Sibling of a person who is 100+ years old
What will happen if I participate in the research study?
1. We'll ask questions about your health, lifestyle, and your family tree.

2. We also will collect health data about your physical function and cognitive ability. We will gather the information we need from you by mail, phone, or video call.

3. We will obtain samples of your blood and stool so we can study proteins, genes, and gut bacteria to see what is common among people who are able to age so well.
Will it cost me anything to participate in this research study?
There is no cost for you to participate in the research study.
Will I be paid for being in this research study?
No compensation is provided for participation in this research study.