Facts about centenarians and baby boomers, from the 2010 U.S. Census and a study by UnitedHealthcare:
• Between 1980 and 2010, the centenarian population in the U.S. experienced a larger percentage increase than did the total population. The number of centenarians rose from 32,194 to 53,364, a 65.8 percent increase, while the total population increased 36.3 percent.
• Sweden, United Kingdom, France and Japan had more centenarians in 2010 than did the United States.
• Some 86 percent of centenarians surveyed said they eat nutritious, balanced meals almost daily, significantly more than the 77 percent of boomers who said the same.
• Asked which of the three — mental, physical or emotional health — is most difficult to maintain as one ages, both centenarians and boomers chose physical health.
• Half of centenarians said they wouldn’t have done anything differently knowing that they would live to 100. A quarter of boomers surveyed said they would have saved more money.
• When centenarians were asked in the UnitedHealthcare study what they have enjoyed most about living to the age of 100, 37 percent said having more time with children and grandchildren.