Centenarians on the Rise
Living to 100 is a major feat, a feat that has doubled in frequency in the United States in the past 20 years. There is no single magic ingredient, says Dr. Richard Boyd, intern at Yakima Herald-Republic. Instead, he credits luck, genetics and three common traits observed in his healthier older patients: optimism, passion and interaction. As America’s population is aging, society needs to age with it. These centenarians benefited from developments such as indoor plumbing and modern medicine, but their growing population is also in threat of losing programs that help them. These programs need to grow with the aging demographic, otherwise the U.S. will have a largely underfunded population. “I think we’re kind of in denial of what we are as a society, an aging society,” said Lori Brown, director of Southeast Washington Aging and Long-term care in Yakima.
January 21, 2012, Yakima-Herald
Written By Ross Courtney