These days, ‘oldest old’ have company

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These days, ‘oldest old’ have company

In La Plata County, and the nation, living beyond 90 more commonplace
Allene Pera, 97, right, shares a moment of laughter with her friend Adeline Becay, 90, as they speak recently about the secrets of their longevity during an ice-cream social at Sunshine Gardens.
Marion Layman, 90, plays bridge recently at the Durango/La Plata Senior Center.
Mary Helen Lindsay reflects on memorable moments in her 97 years during an ice-cream social at Sunshine Gardens.
Jessie Winecki, 98, a resident at Sunshine Gardens, says she always has worked to keep busy.
“I don’t worry about things, and I enjoy life,” said 95-year-old Lou Gans during an ice-cream social at Sunshine Gardens.
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Age 90 is the new 85, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The bureau decided last year to bump up its category of the nation’s “oldest old,” to age 90 and older. The term previously referred to people older than 85. Officials made the change

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These days, ‘oldest old’ have company

Allene Pera, 97, right, shares a moment of laughter with her friend Adeline Becay, 90, as they speak recently about the secrets of their longevity during an ice-cream social at Sunshine Gardens.
Marion Layman, 90, plays bridge recently at the Durango/La Plata Senior Center.
Mary Helen Lindsay reflects on memorable moments in her 97 years during an ice-cream social at Sunshine Gardens.
Jessie Winecki, 98, a resident at Sunshine Gardens, says she always has worked to keep busy.
“I don’t worry about things, and I enjoy life,” said 95-year-old Lou Gans during an ice-cream social at Sunshine Gardens.
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