September 23, 2011
Contrary to stereotypes, many centenarians are staying in tune with the times and love it. Some are trying the new technology, and most keep a healthy outlook at the dinner table.
Q. What’s the secret to living to 100? Longevity runs in our family and at age 85, I hope I still have a few more productive years left.
According to research, here are three key themes for those who are living a long life: tuning in to trends and current events, leading healthy lifestyles and holding faith and spirituality in high regard.
The “Evercare 100 @ 100 Survey” polled 100 Americans turning 100 and older about their practices and habits and found that, contrary to some conventional stereotypes, centenarians are staying in tune with the times.
Like the rest of Americans, they are following current trends including reality television, video games and iPods, worrying about health and diet, and keeping up on news and current events.
Here are some interesting results:
- When it comes to entertainment, the survey found that nearly a third (31 percent) of seniors have watched a reality TV show and 27 percent have watched MTV or music videos. Nearly a quarter of centenarians have purchased a music CD, and one in seven has played a video game.
- Some centenarians have even tried the latest technology. Six percent said they have been on the Internet and 4 percent said they have listened to music on an iPod.
- Although 18- to 49-year-olds may be a coveted demographic for advertisers, 68 percent of centenarians polled also turn to the TV for news and current events, while 40 percent turn to newspapers, a change from 50 years ago when newspapers (56 percent) and radio (45 percent) were their primary sources of news.
- Eighty-two percent said that their dietary habits have improved or stayed the same as compared with 50 years ago. Just 23 percent said they have ever smoked cigarettes, and on average, those who quit did so 41 years ago.
Companionship is another great way to stay “young” longer. If you don’t have regular contact with other people, consider calling the local Home Instead Senior Care® office. The organization would love to help you reach that 100 milestone by providing the human touch in the form of at-home non-medical companionship and assistance around the house.
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