How much do you know about the aging process? Take a couple minutes to answer a few questions of National Institute on Aging’s “Aging IQ Test.” Happy test taking!
Question #1: What is the fastest growing segment of the American population?
Answer: adults over age 85. Today there are approximately 6 million adults over age 85 in the us. but in 2050 when the youngest baby boomer turns 86, that number is expected to reach 20 million!
Question #2: What is the number one killer of both men and women in the us?
Answer: Heart disease. Many think that heart disease primarily hits men, but everyone is prone to it. The following actions will lower your risk: stop smoking, eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, manage blood pressure and cholesterol.
Question #3: What is the number 2 cause of death in the us?
Answer: Cancer. The good news is that your risk can be lowered through healthy lifestyles and regular checkups and tests that detect cancer early.
Question #4: What is the leading cause of blindness in the world?
Answer: Cataracts. a cataract clouds the eye’s lens and impacts sight. over half of adults over age 80 in the us either have a cataract or have had one removed. Cataract surgery removes the cataract and replaces it with an artificial lens. over 90% of patients report improved sight after surgery. but in developing areas of the world where surgery is not possible, cataracts can cause complete blindness.
Question #5: True or False. There is an age at which it is advisable to give up driving.
Answer: False! in general, drivers over age 65 are safe drivers. However, it’s important to periodically review your driving skills – regardless of your age.
How well did you do on this mini aging IQ Quiz? The full online quiz includes 28 questions, more de- tailed answers, and additional resources for those topics you want additional information. The full quiz is at http://1.usa.gov/1IYDnjO, or type “Aging IQ national institute on aging” in any search engine.