September Celebrates Seniors

September Celebrates Seniors

September has two special days for seniors: September 13th is National Grandparents Day and September 22nd is National Centenarians Day!



Grandparents: There are more grandparents now than ever before.  In the United States there are now 70 million grandparents.  And, 4,658 people are becoming grandparents every day!  Baby boomers are now 60% of all grandparents.  And, 62% of all grandparents have at least one relative who is older than they are.  Are you one of the 70 million?


Some well-known grandparents include Judge Judy, Bob Dylan, Tom Hanks, Tony Danza, Brett Favre, Ron Howard and George and Barbara Bush – who are also great-grandparents! And speaking of great-grandparents, there are more than a million of them including rock icon Mick Jagger! What families do you know that have four generations?


Centenarians: There are 53,000 centenarians in our country today. This group is the fastest growing segment of our society. According to the Christian Science Monitor the Centenarians are doubling every decade and by 2050 there will be at least 442,000! Willard Scott knows thousands, how many do you know?


Quick Quiz (from the Silver Century Foundation)


People owe living to 100+ to which criteria below:

  • Genes
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Solid bank account
  • Great medical care
  • Upbeat personality
  • Sheltered, low stress life
  • All of the above

Surprisingly it is NOT “all of the above.” Only three are correct. What did you guess? The key is “owe.”


A study from Boston University that started in 1994 and continues to track 1,600 very old people and their families determined that the centenarians owe their longevity to genes, healthy lifestyle and upbeat personality. That said, it is also helpful to be financially comfortable, have excellent medical care and lead a low-stress life.


Of course, not everyone will live to be 100 but you can maximize your life expectancy by managing the two factors that are controllable: healthy lifestyle and upbeat personality. To start, tell yourself every morning this is going to be the best day yet and follow it up with healthy eating and some exercise – at least 30 minutes a day of walking or other exercise.