This is a reprint of a story that was presented in the September 2010 issue of Costco Connection and because not all of you receive Costco Connection, I wanted to share it with you.

Be on top with Pop

“Staying in touch with pop culture, joining the latest trends, such as MP3 players and test messaging, and a dinner date with actress, Betty White are keys to living a long life, according to people who should know: centenarians.

Being socially active, eating a healthy diet, exercising and getting enough sleep also won’t hurt.

“If I could leave any message, never stop learning. Period.  That’s it”, said Maurice Eisman, a centenarian who lives in Maryland.

Eisman was one of 100 centenarians questioned in a poll about the secrets of longevity.  Laughter and prayer were also important, along with staying connected to family and friends and keeping with current events and gadgets.

Eight percent of centenarians said they had sent text or instant messages, compared to 1 percent last year.  And 12 percent are using iPods, 4 percent more than three years ago, according to the GfK Roper survey for Evercare.

Nearly 100,000 centenarians are living in the United States, and the number is expected to climb to more than 601,000 by 2050, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

“I think everybody should have something to say in what’s going on in their life and not just take everything for granted,” said Marie Keeler, 101, from Minnesota.

White (Betty White), the octogenarian star of a popular Super Bowl commercial, was the top choice as a dinner date for most of the centenarians.  She wrested the spot from comedian Bill Cosby, who was the winner for the past two years.

Many centenarians sadi they kept up with popular culture by listening to music or videos through computers, and 11 percent said they had watched a video on YouTube.

Forty percent walked or hiked every day and 1 percent used Nintendo’s WiiFit.  Three-quarters ate a healthy diet daily, and nearly a third opted for organic foods.

(Information courtesy Reuters News Service.)”

I found it interesting and surprising that there are nearly 100,000 centenarians living just in the U.S.   That’s a huge number of citizens.  My own mother is almost 87 and is still in great health.  She could easily live to be 100.  She is not that interested in pop culture, computers, smart phones or the like but she does continue to paint to get out and socialize.

In looking at all of the qualities that these centenarians posess, I see that I’m going to have to adopt some of them for myself so that I can be one of the 601,000 centenarians that are predicted to be living here in the year 2050.

What about you?   Would you want to live to be 100?


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