MINNETONKA, Minn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Evercare by UnitedHealthcare has released its fifth annual Evercare [email protected]TM Survey. The national poll of 100 Americans turning 100 years of age or older this year reveals that centenarians are staying connected to family, friends, current events and pop culture and are increasingly using the latest technologies, including text messages, IMs and iPods, compared with two years ago.
In addition, centenarians weighed in on societal issues and values. Thirty percent feel the current recession is more severe than the 1930s Great Depression, and 90 percent believe that volunteering will create a stronger, healthier America. Eighty-nine percent say they want to be remembered most as a good parent – more so than as a good spouse, friend or employee.
“Part of our mission as a health and well-being company is to guide Americans on the road to healthy aging and longevity, and who better to serve as a ‘GPS navigator’ than our centenarians,” said Dr. Mark Leenay, UnitedHealthcare senior vice president of medical management and physician services. “The Evercare [email protected] survey each year reinforces what we know as clinical experts: that making sound lifestyle choices – not just about health and exercise, but by staying connected to social networks and embracing new trends – is the pathway to a long, healthy life.”
The most recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that there are currently about 84,000 centenarians living in the U.S. That number is projected to increase seven-fold to 580,000 by 2040. Evercare, a leading care coordination program that offers support to Older Americans in nursing homes, hospice care and services for family caregivers, currently has more than 1,000 centenarians among its health plan membership.
This year’s survey also compares centenarians’ lifestyles and beliefs with those of another group of “seniors” – those graduating from college. While more young Americans are expected to reach their 100th birthday than their predecessors, they also face health challenges their predecessors did not, such as an increasing prevalence of obesity and diabetes.
Among the key findings of the 2010 Evercare [email protected] Survey:
“OMG! GR8 Grandma Texting, Using an iPod and Working Out with Wii Fit!”
More than 80 percent of the centenarians surveyed say they talk to/communicate with a friend or family member daily. The survey also uncovered an increase in the number of centenarians who say they are using text messaging, IMs, iPods and other technologies.
Keeping Up with Celebrity Gossip
Comparing Today’s Recession with the Great Depression
“Eat. Pray. Exercise.” – Centenarians Reveal Lifestyle Choices for a Long Life
In the current era where obesity and related diseases such as diabetes and heart disease threaten to shorten the lives of America’s youth, centenarians surveyed again remind us that choosing healthy foods and exercising are essential for a long, healthy life.
“Raise Your Hand” – Both Groups of Seniors Say Volunteering Is Important for Health
Several studies have shown the benefits of volunteering on people’s health and well-being, and the Evercare [email protected] Survey findings support this theory:
“The bottom line in longevity is consistent and clear: be active until you can’t. Stay connected and engaged. Try new things and challenge yourself. These are the common themes among those who live into their later years,” said Dr. Leenay.
GfK Roper interviewed 100 centenarians (ages 99 and higher at the time of the interview) by telephone between March 22-April 1, 2010, obtained from a non-probability sample of older Americans. The poll did not include older respondents whose potentially frail condition would not allow them to participate in a telephone interview. Therefore, the responses for these centenarians should be interpreted as being indicative (not statistically representative) of the views of healthy and articulate Americans in this age range. GfK Roper also conducted a total of 1,002 online interviews between March 22-April 2, 2010, with U.S. residents age 20-22 who expect to graduate from a four-year college or university in 2010.
Evercare by UnitedHealthcare is one of the nation’s largest health care coordination programs for people who have, long-term or advanced illness, are older or have disabilities. Founded in 1987, Evercare serves people through Medicare special needs plans, hospice care, and caregiver support programs. Evercare's integrated care model delivers personalized health care services that help people stay healthy and independent in the most appropriate setting of their choice. For more information about Evercare visit www.AboutEvercare.com.
Courtney Johnson, 952-931-5839
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