NO Age Limit on His Fans
100+ year-old, fans still
enjoy Michael Jackson’s music…
lifestyles contribute to elderly health
THEY watch MTV, surf the web, have iPods, play video games and eat at fast food
restaurants. And, no, they’re not your average American teenager, but people
over the age of 100 who shared the secrets of their longevity for a study
released on Tuesday by Evercare, a health provider for the elderly in the US.
“To stay in tune has
health benefits,” said Sherri Snelling, director of Evercare, which questioned
100 centenarians for the survey. “These centenarians do know about current
trends. Whether or not they are utilising them, they understand what is current
in our society.”
Apart from staying on top
of the latest trends, those questioned said healthy lifestyles and religious
faith kept them young. They also emphasised that maintaining the brain was also
very important in keeping them going.
Snelling said the survey
provided an insight into the lives of a small but growing segment of the
population. “It gives us a snapshot and useful anecdotal information that will
help us understand what it is that keeps Americans healthy, happy and
independent in getting older.”
According to the Census
Bureau, there are currently 80,000 centenarians in the US, but it is projected
to increase to 580,000 by 2040 as the post-1945 baby boomer generation ages.
Of the 70 women and 30 men
questioned in the second annual survey, 70 per cent still live at home and,
like the rest of their fellow US citizens, say they follow the newest fads like
reality TV, video games and iPods, all the while keeping up with current
Sixty eight per cent say
they rely on television as their primary source of news while 40 per cent say
they still read newspapers. Only 10 per cent use the radio for information.
A total of 72 per cent have
eaten at fast food restaurants, 31 per cent have watched reality TV shows and
27 per cent have watched MTV or music videos.
One out of four (24 per
cent) have bought CDs while 15 per cent have played video games; six per cent have
surfed the Internet and four per cent have listened to music on iPods. Eleven
per cent say they have tried coffee at Starbucks.
Health-wise, 23 per cent
say they have ever smoked cigarettes, and on average, those who quit did so 41
More than three quarters
say their dietary habits have improved or stayed the same as compared to 50
As far as music, jazz,
gospel and classical music were top picks by those questioned, although pop
stars like Michael Jackson and the Dixie Chicks were also mentioned.
For 28 per cent, the most
beautiful day of their life was their wedding day, while the birth of a child
or their 100th birthday tied for second place.
centenarian, however, says his best memory is when he learned to fly at age 76.