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OLDER AMERICANS FEEL YOUNG DESPITE YEARS

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Contrary to many perceptions, most of America's older citizens feel good about themselves, with more than half saying they are excited about the future, according to a survey commissioned by Marriott Corp.

In fact, most older Americans say they feel a dozen years younger than their ages, expect to live to at least 86 and are basically happy, the survey shows.More than 10 percent say they believe they will live to be 100.

The survey was conducted among 1,004 men and women over 65.

Marriott said its interest stems from the fact that Marriott Senior Living Services owns or operates 10 retirement communities and plans to build an additional 150 communities for the elderly by the middle of the 1990s.