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10 Healthy Aging Tips From Centenarians
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Relationships, an Active Mind, Humor Make the List in Centenarian Poll
Reviewed By Louise Chang, MD
July 29, 2008 — Staying close to family and friends, keeping your mind active, and having a sense of humor are keys to healthy aging, centenarians say in a new poll.
The poll, conducted by phone, included 100 U.S. centenarians. Here are their top 10 tips for healthy aging — along with the percentage of how many said the tip is "very important" (they could call more than one tip "very important"):
"If I could leave any message, never stop learning. Period," centenarian Maurice Eisman says in the poll report.
"I think the worst thing is stress, and you can avoid a lot of it by the way you manage your life," adds 102-year-old Marianne Crowder of Palo Alto, Calif.
Some of the centenarians — who were actually as young as 99 — have picked up some modern ways: 19% use cell phones, 12% have used the Internet, 3% say they've dated someone they met online, and 45% could identify 2005 American Idol winner Carrie Underwood.
When asked to pick a favorite celebrity to invite to a "fantasy dinner party," Bill Cosby was their top pick, followed by Tiger Woods and Oprah Winfrey. Britney Spears and Howard Stern were their least favorite choices; most knew who Spears and Stern are.
GfK Roper Public Affairs & Media polled the centenarians by phone in April and May for Evercare, a health care coordination program for the elderly and people with long-term or advanced illnesses or disabilities. Because the poll only included centenarians in good health, the results may not apply to everyone in that age range.
SOURCES: Evercare "100 @ 100 Survey."
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