Add Years to your Life – And Life to your Years!

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:

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:

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2 thoughts on “Add Years to your Life – And Life to your Years!

  1. This is one of my favorite subjects to read about. As soon as I saw the title of your post I thought of Betty White. I aspire to be as vibrant and current as she when I'm in my 80's.

    As a massage therapist I had the pleasure of working with a lot of clients in their 70's and beyond. Those who seemed the happiest and healthiest tended to be those who continued to get out of the house and spend time with others. Being active and socializing is important for emotional and mental health.

    Also, I would add that exercise and stretching was extremely helpful in helping aging clients feel physically good enough to remain active.

  2. Thanks for the great input, Karen. Like you, I'd like to age fabulously, as Betty White has – and do it without trying to un-age my face, like other older celebrities do, i.e. Joan Rivers.
    My mom aged with a variety of health problems. My dad aged as an alcoholic with mental health issues he fought all his life, and lived out his old age in relative isolation. I want to age differently, and I'm trying to do that by taking care of both my physical and mental health.
    Exercise, for me, has made a big difference – it's kept me feeling younger than I am (in my fifties) and I also work at maintaining my brain fitness.
    I may not live to be 100 – but I do want to live my life with purpose and passion, no matter what age I live to be!

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