Top gerontology researchers in the United States are looking into the case of a mysterious woman from Regina, the Canadian Press reports.
Records from the Saskatchewan government show that the woman, born in 1899, is the oldest person on record in the province.
If the records are up to date and the woman is still alive, she would be one of the oldest people in the world and part of a small group of “supercentenarians,” people over the age of 110.
Researchers in Los Angeles are hoping to contact family members so they can interview them about the woman’s lifestyle and genetic history. The gerontologists are trying to determine trends and commonalities among supercentenarians to shed light on what determines a long life.
In Canada, Saskatchewan has an uncommonly high number of centenarians, people over the age of 100. According to Statistics Canada, Saskatchewan has twice the national average of centenarians, with a rate much closer to Japan than the rest of Canada.
Tuesday, August 7, 2012