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Let’s suppose that medicine was able to discover the secrets of longevity in the genes of people more than 100 years old. To master death – or postpone it the maximum possible – has always been an objective of scientists. Let’s further suppose: in a second moment a drug is developed that gives everyone a long life. It would be a victory for science, but would it really be worth it for humans?

Loneliness, lack of resources and health to take advantage of these extra years are just some of the negative aspects that come to mind right off the bat. Generally, supercentenarians are notably healthy until just before dying. Additionally, researchers tend to see longevity as a way of prolonging time of good health. So, it would be a long life with quality.

For Clarence Matthews, the oldest man in the United States, it’s definitely worthwhile living so long. When interviewed at his home in Indian Wells, California, he revealed that he did indeed still enjoy life, and has never stopped. Matthews is not the only one. James McCoubrey, 110, still frequents senior online chat rooms pretending he’s still in his 70s. Another supercentenarian, Will Miles Clark, not rarely, drives more than 1,400 km from Tucson to Denver to participate in family get-togethers. In the same age bracket, Goldie Michelson continues being known for being an avid reader of library books.

So, should we all aspire to 110-plus? “It depends,” said Ms. Michelson’s 86-year-old daughter Renée, “on how you live”. That, definitely, may be the secret to life at any age. Click here for the full article.