The Defy Aging Newsletter

Anti-aging psychology, holistic health, and wellness

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May 22, 2007 Number 165

This issue:

Hip Centenarians

Action to take

Take heart, 100+ can be pretty hip.


The US Census Bureau estimates there currently are 80,000 Americans who are 100+ years old. Evercare conducted its second annual 100@100 survey of 100 Americans who are 99 years and older. The results looked a lot like people in their forties or sixties. To cite some examples:

  • 27% have watched MTV or music videos
  • 31% have watched reality TV programs
  • 4% have listened to music on an I-pod
  • 72% have eaten at a fast food restaurant
  • 11% have had coffee at a Starbucks

To what do they credit their longevity and vitality? They trust clergy more than doctors and believe

positive attitude and faith are more important than genes and doctors.

They are concerned about health and nutrition. 82% reported their eating habits were the same or improved compared to their eating habits 50 years ago. When asked to choose, they voted for having a better memory (34 percent) over fewer aches and pains (27 percent) or taking fewer prescription drugs (13 percent).

Their favorite memories were:

  • 28% their wedding day
  • 13% birth of a child
  • 13% their hundredth birthday
  • 1% learning to fly at age 76


Old age takes away from us what we have inherited and gives to us what we have earned.

~Gerald Brenan


I'm getting older so I've started to smile more,because I want the crow's feet to go up.

~Simone Alexander

He's so old his blood type was discontinued.

~Bill Dana

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