There used to be this great game show on TV: “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”
The premise of the show was to determine whether or not the average adult could answer questions based on a typical elementary school learning curriculum. Contestants would attempt to correctly respond to ten questions.
Along the way, the presumably well-educated adult could solicit the help of one of several pint-sized counterparts, dubbed, “classmates.”
As a television program, it provided viewers with a slew of hilarious situations, and forced dozens of adults to admit that they were, “not smarter than a fifth grader.”
In the two- and-a-half years that the show was on, only two people won the top prize of $1,000,000—one of them being a former Nobel Prize winning physicist.
What does all of this have to do with you?
Well, given the results of a recent, nationwide survey, quite a lot, actually.
The survey took an in-depth look at the habits, preferences, and lifestyles of 100 centenarians (people age 100 and older) and measured them against 300 baby boomers (aged 50-55) to pinpoint the differences and similarities between each group.
Looking at the outcome of the seventh-annual “United HealthCare 100@100 Survey” report, may cause baby boomers to ask themselves a rather curious question: “Am I healthier than a centenarian?”
To help you answer this question for yourself, try (honestly) answering the following queries:
Do I consistently eat a balanced diet complete with plenty of fruits, vegetables, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates?
The connection between sound nutritional choices and good health has been scientifically proven countless times, but this message appears to have had more of an impact on the most long-lived members of our society than on those we consider to be ‘middle-aged.’ 80 percent of centenarians reported that they maintain a healthy diet almost daily, while only 68 percent of boomers were able to agree with that same statement.
Do I get eight hours of sleep every night?
Catching Zs for the recommended seven or eight hours each night has been linked to many positive health outcomes such as: reduced levels of stress, better cardiovascular health, and a decreased risk for depression. Yet only 38 percent of boomers say they get the suggested amount of sleep, compared to 70 percent of centenarians.
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By Anne-Marie Botek, AgingCare.com Editor
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