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Old 05-06-2014, 03:43 PM
 
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There are 55,000 centenarians in the U.S., 81% of whom are women. Here's some info about them:

What itís like to be 100 years old, in 10 charts
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Old 05-06-2014, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Near a river
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What does this (in bold) mean?

"A big chunk of centenarians (43 percent) never finished high school. A plurality of Baby Boomers (34 percent) did."
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Old 05-06-2014, 07:12 PM
 
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More interesting info from the survey:

Research Finds US Centenarians Feel Younger Than Their Years

And here's the 59-page survey itself:

http://www.uhc.com/live/uhc_com/Asse...e100Survey.pdf
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Ponte Vedra Beach FL
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It would be logical that many people 100 years old had less education than boomers. First - because things like attending college were less common back then - especially when it comes to women. Second - because of the Great Depression (many kids probably had to drop out of school and work and help with family finances). I think most statistics like this aren't meaningful unless they're compared with those from a control group of people who were born about the same time - but have died. IOW - you don't have a better chance of living to 100 because you drop out of high school! Robyn
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Old 05-07-2014, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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It would be logical that many people 100 years old had less education than boomers. First - because things like attending college were less common back then - especially when it comes to women. Second - because of the Great Depression (many kids probably had to drop out of school and work and help with family finances). I think most statistics like this aren't meaningful unless they're compared with those from a control group of people who were born about the same time - but have died. IOW - you don't have a better chance of living to 100 because you drop out of high school! Robyn
I agree with the conclusion you reached in your final sentence, but then I think any reasonable person would. The poll was simply trying to paint a picture of people who are currently centenarians, and educational level is part of that picture; I don't think any particular "meaning" was implied.

Going to college was much less common than now even as late as 1965 when I graduated from college. I remember the college band director congratulating us on becoming part of "the ten percent which rules".
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Old 05-07-2014, 08:52 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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An aunt just turned 100 and only recently went into assisted living. She was driving until age 98 which is scary to me. Another Aunt made it to 98, my grandfather to 93. My MIL is now 95. None of the above went to college, but all did finish high school. People are definitely living longer, hopefully more are investing in long term care insurance.
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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The chart says that most remember their 30s and 40s the best. Best time of life I guess for most of us?
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Old 05-07-2014, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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Interesting charts. It would be more interesting and relevant if any type of evidence that some factors contributed to living longer, instead of simply listing average characteristics. Of course, with an ever increasing list of things that researchers claim will 'kill one', I suppose those who live the longest are those 'who avoid things that cause death.'
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Old 05-08-2014, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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The chart says that most remember their 30s and 40s the best. Best time of life I guess for most of us?
I would probably answer this in the affirmative. Yes, I totally enjoyed my 30s and the 40s were pretty darn good too. I've always thought that the 'perfect' age is 35. I have no complaints about the decades since either. Well, maybe a couple...
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Old 05-10-2014, 01:07 AM
 
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The chart says that most remember their 30s and 40s the best. Best time of life I guess for most of us?
this is a great question or observation,,

when i was 30, i could tell you specifics of every year in my 20's pertaining to family, work, etc,,,
if someone said , write about 1985, i could write with alot of accuracy-events pertaining to me-what music, movies came out that yr etc.


at 49 now, if someone said write about 2007, id have to stop and really think about it

maybe you remember more,,,being on new ground... than the repitition on daily life.. and yes, being young is much more impressionable

maybe we like to remember ourselves in the prime of our lives, being 20-40 , physically feeling good, looking good
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