In Australia, one in three women manages to become a “centenarian”, while only one in six men will be able to blow out 100 candles.
In Australia, there will be 60,000 new centenarians in 2050, of which 3600 will be women and 3300 men.
The current average lifespan is far lower than 100 years and anyone who passes that milestone is lauded for their rare longevity.
CO.AS.IT. Community Services in Brisbane recently celebrated two of its clients, who both reached the age of 100: Enid Athorn from Chermside and Anna Barbi from New Farm.
When asked what her secret to a long life was, Enid said it was her “continual activity at home and outside” and “trying new things and being a little adventurous”.
Meanwhile, Anna put her longevity down to a positive outlook:
“When I feel a little low in spirits, I try to work up the motivation to start again. I’m too busy to stop.”
Both centenarians are an inspiration to not only their family and friends, but anyone who’s had the pleasure of meeting them.
Enza Cristiano, a CO.AS.IT. Community Services coordinator, said Enid has a strong relationship with her son.
“They’re always laughing when they’re together and they act like best friends,” she added.
“Enid has a big family who support her, including her grandchildren and great grandchildren.”
Meanwhile, Anna lives on the top floor of a four-storey apartment block which doesn’t have a lift.
“She still takes the stairs to get to where she needs to go,” Cristiano said.
“She doesn’t take any medicine, eats nutritious food, has a positive attitude and is very active.
“Each of these factors contribute to a long and happy life.”