While the Acciaroli researchers look for funds to dig deeper, here are a few of the take-home messages this and others studies offer on how we might get to a spry 100.
Inherit a good set of genes
Well, this one you can't control, sadly. A study of super-seniors suggests that at least a few drops from the fountain of youth can be found in your genes. If mom or dad lived a long life, you may have a good chance of getting there, too.
Oops, not one of your relatives saw a triple-digit birthday? Well, hope isn't lost, there are other factors that seem to support long life.
Get off your lazy ass and move around
Walk. Run. Crawl around your living room. ANYTHING, as long as you get moving.
The Acciaroli study showed that those who reached the century mark got their muscles moving and their blood pumping -- through those wide capillaries no doubt -- with daily activities like fishing, gardening, and walking.