More Seniors Using the Latest Technology

A Facebook message from your 100-year-old Grandma?

That’s not as uncommon as you might think, at least according to a new UnitedHealthcare survey of 100 Americans turning 100 years old or older this year.

Centenarians are more “with it” than ever before and are using the latest technology, including iPods, more than ever before, according to a release about the survey. They are also sending text messages and instant messages more than they were two years ago (8% compared to 1% two years ago).

More than one in 10 (12%) of centenarians surveyed have listened to music on an iPod or similar device, up from 4% three years ago, while 11% have used YouTube, TiVo (5%), Facebook (2%), and Nintendo’s Wii Fit (1%).

Finally, three out of four centenarians surveyed said they eat nutritionally balanced meals every day, while only 44% of college seniors say they do the same. Nearly one-third of the centenarians said they eat organic foods regularly.

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