Centenarians and 10-Year-Old Kids Have a Lot in Common

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For its tenth annual 100@100 survey, United Healthcare polled both 100 centenarians and 100 10-year-olds to get their responses to virtually the same questions.

For instance, while a quarter of centenarians said that maintaining a positive attitude was the key to staying healthy, 37 percent of the youngsters gave eating healthy as their number one answer.

Both 100-year-olds and 10-year-olds agreed that laughing and having a sense of humor is a very easy thing to do at 84 percent and 68 percent, respectively.

Asked separately, a slight majority of centenarians claim to feel younger than their chronological age, while on average, they said they felt like spry 79-year-olds. Sixty percent also said they don’t feel “old.”

As for when they were the healthiest in their lives, the 100-year-olds said it was when they were 46. Curiously, the 10-year-olds believe that 46 is the average when people become “old.”

Asked what it would be like to be 100, about seven percent of youngsters think it will be “boring” while four percent are hoping flying cars will exist to relieve that boredom.

All the kids and nearly all the centenarians say they believe in the importance of family.

As for their favorite things to do, 86 percent of ten-year-olds chose watching TV while 89 percent of their older counterparts picked visiting family and friends.

Both groups were also asked about selfies. While 66 percent of the kids had taken at least one, only one percent of centenarians could say the same and just 43 percent actually knew what selfies were.

And for that all important question about who they’d most want to have dinner with, 63 percent of the centenarians said Betty White while two-thirds of the 10-year-olds would enjoying sharing a meal with Taylor Swift.


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