Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Life at 100 Years Old

maxine at 100According to data from the 2007 U.S. Census, there are 84,000 Centenarians in the United States, and that number is projected to increase to 580,000 by 2040.

Evercare: Press Releases 100@100

Survey of 100 Centenarians Polled Finds That Staying Connected to Family and Friends, Keeping Up with the Latest Technology and Enjoying a Sense of Independence Are Essential to a Long, Healthy Life
Survey is a snapshot of Americans 100 years-old or older in 2008. The survey compared findings from polls of other generations on topics of relationships and independence.

Other Generations Surveyed:
  • G.I. (ages 84-98)
  • Silent (ages 63-83)
  • Baby Boomers (ages 44-62)
  • Gen X (ages 30-43)
  • Millennials (ages 20-29).

Key findings of the 2008 survey:

Centenarians say staying close to friends and family is most important to healthy aging (90 percent). Keeping the mind active (90 percent) and laughing and having a sense of humor (88 percent) also ranked high for longevity.

81 percent of Centenarians say that maintaining a sense of independence is one of the keys to healthy aging.

Independence comes with:
  • The ability to take care of themselves on a daily basis (94 percent)
  • Staying in good health (93 percent)
  • Being able to make their own financial and health decisions (89 percent)
  • An increase in a sense of spirituality (85 percent)

To download PDF of the press release, click here. To view videos of interviews, please see this page on YouTube.


4 comments:

Rainbow Painter said...

LOL... The picture at the beginning is quite funny. Interesting and detail survey data you've collected. This is the finest post I have read today.

Megan from Imaginif said...

I'm not sure if I want to make it to 100 or not. I am heartened though that staying connected to friends and family is featured as #1 way to grow old healthily. Connections are so very important for ongoing mental health, no matter what age.

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Nathan1980 said...

I got these four points from your blog and have written them in my ediary.

1. family life.
2. active mind
3. sense of humor
4. independence

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