Aging IQ Quiz
How much do you know about aging? Test your knowledge with this IQ quiz.
Question 1 of 15
Who remarked, "Old age is no place for sissies?"
... Bette Davis said, "Old age is no place for sissies."
Question 2 of 15
The current life expectancy at birth for an American is:
... According to an October 2001 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the average life expectancy in the US is 76.9 years.
Question 3 of 15
More than 15 percent of Americans say they eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, maintain a normal body weight and don't smoke:
... Actually, only a tiny minority follows a truly healthy lifestyle. A survey of more than 4,000 adults conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Michigan Department of Community Health revealed that a mere 3 percent eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, don't smoke and maintain a normal body weight.
Question 4 of 15
The country where you are likely to live the longest is:
... Japan has the highest average life expectancy at birth â€” 81 years, followed by Singapore (80) and several other developed countries: Australia, Canada, Italy, Iceland, Sweden and Switzerland (79). That data is from the US Census Bureau and National Institute on Aging report, An Aging World: 2001.
Question 5 of 15
The percent of Americans taking dietary supplements daily is:
... According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, some 40 percent of Americans take nutritional supplements, spending a whopping 1.7 billion dollars annually. Vitamins C, B12, B6, niacin, thiamin, B2, E, A, D, and folic acid top the list.
Question 6 of 15
The most popular cosmetic procedure in the US is:
... According to the American Society for Plastic Surgeons, some 229,558 of us went under the knife last year to remove fat; 172,244 improved their eyes; 187,755 augmented breasts; 118,452 smoothed wrinkles with botox injections.
Question 7 of 15
The number of centenarians in the US stands at about:
... The centenarian population could number 834,000 by the middle of the next century.
Question 8 of 15
Which food contains the highest concentration of disease-fighting antioxidants?
... USDA researchers recently analyzed the antioxidant level of 39 fruits and vegetables and found that blueberries took the no. 1 spot.
Question 9 of 15
Eating chocolate prevents heart disease:
... Yep, chocolate lovers, a 10-year-long study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that elderly men who ate the most catechins were 51 percent less likely to die from heart disease, compared to men who consumed the least. Catechins are plant compounds found in chocolate, black and green tea and apples.
Question 10 of 15
Medical errors by physicians kill 100,000 every year:
... The figure is 44,000, according to a 1999 report from the Institute of Medicine, which is part of the National Academy of Sciences. The total is more than the number of people who die annually from breast cancer, highway accidents, or AIDS. Meanwhile, it has been estimated that up to 100, 000 people die each year in hospitals from adverse reactions to prescription drugs.
Question 11 of 15
When Social Security was initiated in 1935, average life expectancy was:
... But today, 65-year-old retirees can expect to get government checks for many years.
Question 12 of 15
Benjamin Franklin was this age when he helped frame the American Constitution:
... Franklin died four years after helping to frame the Constitution, at the ripe old age of 84.
Question 13 of 15
What former president wrote the book The Virtues of Aging?
... One chapter opened with the quip: "Anybody who can still do at 60 what he was doing at 20 wasn't doing much at 20."
Question 14 of 15
The biblical figure Methuselah is said to have lived to what ripe old age?
... The name of this Hebrew patriarch has come to mean "longevity."
Question 15 of 15
Once they reach age 60, people should have a routine physical exam:
... What's more, Mayo Clinic doctors recommend a physical once every two years for people aged 50 to 60.
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