How many times do you hear that? A 101-year-old brother throws 100-year-old sister a birthday party! Bertha Montgomery and her brother are living proof that you can be healthy, active, and enjoy your life up to your last breath. On her 100th birthday, her 101-year-old brother was right be her side. As she stood to thank the gathering, Bertha showed everyone that age truly is just a number. Champaign in hand, Bertha looks ready to party!
As the number of centenarians rise, it will become more and more common to hear about siblings becoming active centenarians. In fact, according to a study done by the Boston University School of Medicine, a minimum of 50% of centenarians have first-degree relatives and/or grandparents who also achieve very old age. Bertha’s father lived to be 104!
But here’s the kicker – many centenarians also have exceptionally old siblings! Male siblings of centenarians have a 17 times greater chance than other men born around the same time of reaching age 100 years! Female siblings have an 8½ greater chance than other females also born around the same time of achieving age 100! The study also found that children of centenarians tend to follow in their parents’ footsteps when it comes to health. And many families show a longevity “clustering” that cannot be chalked up to chance!
So, Bertha and her brother might be the first centenarian siblings you’ve heard about. It might be the first time you have heard about a 101-year-old brother throwing his 100-year-old sister a birthday party. But it surely won’t be the last!
Bertha Montgomery is one of the oldest residents at the Kaler-Vaill home in Maine. On Tuesday, Montgomery celebrated her 100th birthday with her 101-year-old brother by her side. Watch the short video here.