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110 and still going strong

A 110-year-old woman is still Shanghai's oldest resident.

The annual top 10 centenarians in Shanghai will be revealed next month, Shanghai Morning Post reported today.

The oldest Shanghai resident last year was Li Suqing who lives in Pudong New Area. But she'll have to live another three years to become the oldest person who has lived in Shanghai. Hu Amei died in 2007 at age 113, the report said.

Shanghai has a life expectancy of 81.28 years, experts with the Gerontological Society of Shanghai said.

The number of people over 100 years old has grown by 530 in the past eight years. Seventy-five percent are women.

The society's secretary-general, Sun Pengbiao, said the key factor in longevity is psychological.

Sun said men have more pressure than women to reach the expectations demanded by society. And women like talking more and will speak out when they are any unhappy things, releasing some of the pressure.

On the contrary, most men hide their unhappiness and try to drink their troubles away, Sun said.

Experts also found most female centenarians are clean and do some housework regularly as an exercise. Among the top 10 oldest 10 oldest Shanghainese last year, 107-year-old Xu Aqin from Baoshan District still washed her clothes for herself when she was 104, the report said.


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