Founder Of Centenarian Study To Speak At Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY — The founder of the New England Centenarian Study, which has since grown to be the most comprehensive study in the world of centenarians — those who are at least 100 years old — will speak at Ithaca College on Thursday, March 11. Dr. Thomas Perls will present “The Why and How of Living to 100” at 7 p.m. in Emerson Suites, Phillips Hall. His talk, which is sponsored by the Gerontology Institute Distinguished Speaker Series, is free and open to the public.

Perls began the New England Centenarian Study in 1994 based on the hypothesis that centenarians are a select group of people who have a history of aging relatively slowly and who have either markedly delayed or entirely escaped diseases normally associated with aging such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, stroke and heart disease. Disproving the perception that “the older you get the sicker you get,” the study appears to show that the older you get the healthier you’ve been.

Currently a geriatrician at Boston Medical Center and an associate professor of medicine at Boston University School of Medicine, Perls is the author of the book “Living to 100” and established the website, which has a life expectancy calculator that gets over 5,000 visits a day.

For more information on the Distinguished Speaker Series contact Marilyn Kinner, Gerontology Institute outreach program coordinator, at

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