In a brief report published online in advance in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society this week, investigators at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine present the results of their retrospective study on a cohort of community-dwelling Ashkenazi Jewish individuals who lived independently to age 95 and older, in which they aimed to assess lifestyle, anthropometric, and other factors that contribute to exceptional longevity.

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