1. How large a role do genes appear to play in longevity?
a. 20-30 percent. Lifestyle is more of a determining factor.
2. What are the “three R’s” in this context?
a. resolution, resourcefulness and resilience
3. What are some of the lifestyle traits common to many centenarians, according to the New
England Centenarian Study at Boston University?
a. Having many friends
b. a healthy dose of self-esteem
c. strong ties to family and community
d. enjoy your hobbies that you have had throughout life
4. What are some of the main findings of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s study of
optimists and pessimists?
a. Optimists live longer than pessimists.
b. Pessimist people are more likely to die from heart disease.
c. Optimistics also are less likely to have high blood pressure or cholesterol.
d. Pessimists are more likely to smoke or be overweight.
5. Why do you think “survivors of traumatic life events” are more likely than other people to live
to be 100?
a. They have greater respect for life and a deeper desire to live because they have
been faced with death. They value their life more and now how to deal in
stressful situations. There are probably few to little events that will occur that can
be worse than the traumatic event they had previously been in.
6. What are some of the most common disease that older people tend to get?
a. Heart disease
b. high blood pressure
c. high cholesterol
7. What are 3 ways you as a student can do to help prevent health diseases and disorders?
b. Eat healthy
c. Learn to manage stress and laugh