More Than Half of Our 100-Year-Olds Still Live Independently
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Who knew getting old was so much fun?
That's no exaggeration, if you listen to actual Americans who have reached aged 100. It's a big club these days. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of 100-year-old Americans has grown by 66% in the past 30 years. In 1980, The U.S. had only about 32,000 people age 100 or older. By 2010, that jumped to more than 53,000.
The Census Bureau estimates it'll rise to 600,000 by 2050.
And those who make it to age 100 these days say they feel great, thank you very much.In fact, average 100-year-old Americans -- called centenarians as a group -- say they feel more like they're 83, according to a survey by Minnetonka, Minn.-based UnitedHealthcare.
- 53% of centenarians say they live independently, with no need for a caregiver to get them through their daily chores, errands and activities.
- 36% of centenarians say they feel "blessed" in their lives and 31% say they are "happy" in their lives.
- 22% say that reaching 100 is fine, but they could use a "few more years" to get everything they want done in their lives.
- 12% say they are "surprised" they made it this far in life.
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