Shanghai just recently surpassed 1,400 centenarians, Shanghai Daily reports, with the oldest among them an impressive 115 years old (pictured above, middle).
The Shanghai Gerontological Society said yesterday that a total of 1,407 centenarians were registered in the city by the end of 2013, and 365 more were added as of June 30 this year.
Taking into account the number of centenarians who died this year, the society said the city still has at least 1,400 residents who’ve reached the 100-year milestone and then some.
One such resident is 115-year-old Li Suqing, who lives with her daughter and son-in-law in the city. Li attributes her life longevity to a steady diet of milk, eggs and walnut powder.
Society officials have more broadly stated that residents who get plenty of sleep, exercise regularly and avoid smoking tend to live longer. Wang Chuanfu, former director of the Huadong Hospital, told Shanghai Daily specifically that seniors should eat mild foods without too much salt and work-out daily with 30 minutes of walking, tai chi or swimming.
“Downtown areas like Jing’an have higher percentages of centenarians because of better medical treatment, living conditions and diet, which offset factors like pollution,” said Sun Pengbiao, secretary general of the society.
Of course, good genes are probably one of the more important factors.
Previous reports have warned, however, that the rapidly aging population will likely give way to care-related issues for the old folk.
The city is expected to see a big increase in the number of people aged over 70 between 2025 and 2050, and while the number of beds at nursing homes has risen slightly in the past year, fewer elderly people are getting support from their children as before.