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HealthExtra: The first 100 years

Reaching your 100th birthday is an achievement; doing it successfully makes you something of an aging expert. Sharing their secrets in telephone interviews, 100 men and women turning 100 years or older in 2007 revealed that they stay in tune with the times—some listen to music on an MP3 player, play video games or keep up with the news. They count spirituality, a healthy diet, no smoking and being happy as necessary to successful aging. Centenarians think the greatest medical achievements in their lifetime are coronary bypass surgery, pacemakers and cancer treatments. Given a choice, one-third said they’d rather have a better memory than fewer aches and pains. The 100 @ 100 Survey was conducted by Evercare, a care coordination program for older people who have long-term or advanced illnesses or disabilities.