One day I asked a friend if she’d like to live as long as George Burns. For those of you too young to remember him, he was a well-known comedian who also played God in a couple of movies. God must have enjoyed his performances, because old George lived to be 100. He actually worked until he was in his mid-nineties!
My friend responded: “No, I don’t want to live to be 100. Can you imagine what I would look like if I was 100? Nobody would be my friend (mostly because they would all be dead). I would be lonely walking around my house with my walker, running into the wall and falling down. Do you know how hard it is for a person who is 100 to get up when they fall down??? I might lie there until I was 101!” (OK, I get the picture)
I have to agree – if that was to be my 100-year fate, I’d pass on the longevity thing.
On the other hand, if I could age like that feisty old Golden Girl, Betty White – 88 and still going strong, well, then I might go for it.
Like my friend, you simply may not want to live to be a century old. But if you do want to add years to your life (and life to your years), you may want to:
- Beef up your brain as suggested by Andrea Thompson, Senior Writer for Live Science.
- Lose excess weight – higher levels of body fat increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and certain cancers.
- Be physically active, which reduces stress, helps reduce your risk of age-related conditions, and more.
- Maintain your social wellness by having a network of friends and getting involved in hobbies, volunteering, and so on.
- Eat the good stuff, not the junk!
What about you? Do you want to live to be 100? Got any other longevity tips?
Time magazine takes a look at the secrets of centenarians in this article.
You can read about the The Okinawa Centenarian Study (OCS) here. “Elderly Okinawans . . . . enjoy not only what may be the world’s longest life expectancy but the world’s longest health expectancy.” (Amazing!)
Here’s what Dan Buettner, director of Tedtalks (Ideas Worth Spreading) has to say about living to be 100: