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Milly Smith, a 100-year-old Mancunian, has declared that playing bingo and completing jigsaw puzzles are the secrets to her longevity.
Fellow members of the exclusive 100 club have other ideas about what lies behind their remarkable endurance.
The world’s oldest living person, Misao Okawa, will be celebrating her 117th birthday in March. Mrs Okawa, from Japan, attributes her long life to eating sushi and eight hours sleep per night.