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How Many Centenarians Does It Take … ?

Posted By Steve Mencher On May 30, 2013 @ 4:19 pm In Bulletin Today | Comments Disabled

Yes, there’s a Guinness World Record for nearly everything, from “longest eyeball pop [1]” (don’t try this) to “biggest bagel [2]” (don’t eat this). But our previous favorite, “oldest wing walker [3]” (92-year-old Thomas Lackey in 2012) has just been replaced: the Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center [4] in Franklin Township, N.J., has hosted the largest single gathering of centenarians, 40 strong, beating the previous record of 28.

Centenarians in New Jersey [5]

 The center had a head start. Five of the centenarians live there. New Jersey Jewish News [6] reports that other record-breakers came from private homes and assisted living centers nearby.

Under the headline “It took 4,000 years to set this world record [7],” Debra Rubin of NJJN writes that the crowd came “to eat lunch and hear musical selections, including, inevitably, ‘You Make Me Feel So Young.’”

The oldest at the party was Catherine Carlin, who came to the United States from Scotland in 1929. The secret of her longevity [8]? “Oh, I was never married,” she told NJJN. “That’s really the reason I’ve lived to be 107.”

Only two of the 40 centenarians are men. Kurt Steiner, 101, fled Austria with his wife in 1939, just ahead of the Holocaust.

According to NJJN he still walks “a half-mile twice a day, gardens, and ‘drives the old ladies around the neighborhood.’”

So – better than “most people brushing their teeth at the same time [9]” (13,380, El Salvador, 2005)? We think so.

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Photos courtesy of Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
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[1] longest eyeball pop: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/5000/longest-eyeball-pop

[2] biggest bagel: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/1000/largest-bagel

[3] oldest wing walker: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/schools/rs-pdf/y3.pdf

[4] Regency Jewish Heritage Nursing and Rehabilitation Center: http://www.regencynursing.com/

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/centenarian-to-email.jpg

[6] New Jersey Jewish News: http://www.njjewishnews.com/

[7] It took 4,000 years to set this world record: http://www.njjewishnews.com/article/17528/it-took-4000-years-to-set-this-world-record

[8] longevity: http://www.aarp.org/health/longevity/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[9] most people brushing their teeth at the same time: http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/1/most-people-brushing-their-teeth

[10] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/30/40-centenarians-at-n-j-nursing-home-set-guinness-world-record/catherine-carlin/

[11] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/30/40-centenarians-at-n-j-nursing-home-set-guinness-world-record/kurt-steiner/

[12] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/30/40-centenarians-at-n-j-nursing-home-set-guinness-world-record/mary-adiorio/

[13] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/30/40-centenarians-at-n-j-nursing-home-set-guinness-world-record/hilda-lubetkin/

[14] Follow @menschmedia: https://twitter.com/menschmedia

[15] Bessie Cooper: 116-Year-Old’s Secrets for Longevity: http://blog.aarp.org/2012/12/06/besse-cooper-a-116-year-olds-secrets-for-longevity/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[16] Happy 114th Birthday to Oldest Living American!: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/23/oldest-living-american-114-year-old-jeralean-talley-extreme-longevity/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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