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Centenarians share secrets to a long life

Centenarians share secrets to a long life

As a young girl, Downing Jett Kay danced to music played on a Victrola and watched Model T's drive through the streets of Baltimore.

She wore her hair in a flapper's bob as a member of Forest Park High School's Class of 1926, conducted interviews during the Depression for the Gallup Poll and listened to President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats on the radio.

Kay, who turns 107 next month, attributes her longevity to two factors: drinking lots of coffee and maintaining strong social ties.

"I'm always interested in other people," she said. "I think that makes a difference."

Kay joined nine fellow centenarian residents of