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Survey offers a portrait of centenarians

What are the keys to longevity? A recent poll of 100 centenarians suggests the answer is staying connected to family, friends and current events.

The third annual Evercare 100@100 Survey shifts conventional stereotypes on aging by revealing that some of the oldest Americans are using the latest technologies to keep up and stay close—talking on cell phones, sending emails, “Googling” lost acquaintances, surfing Wikipedia and online dating. Conducted by GfK Roper Public Affairs and Media, the survey provides a cultural portrait of 100 Americans turning 100 or older in 2008. This research provides anecdotal insight into the lives and lifestyles of centenarians—one of the fastest-growing segments of the population.

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