THIS CENTENARIAN, AN AVID SKIER, HAD THIS TO SHARE WITH YOUNGER GENERATIONS: 33. "I've done almost everything that I know of: ballet, I've done tai chi. It's best not to tire the body with too many rules such as lunchtime and bedtime." 45. and I've studied everything from anti-Semitism to current events." THE MODERN DAY FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH? "When you laugh at yourself, you prevent others from laughing at you." 68. They have to be interested in life outside their little aches and pains. And when you are honest with people, it comes back to you, and they are honest with you. "Learning new things makes you happy and keeps your mind active." 81. "Have a good appetite, lots of friends, and keep busy." 92. "You have to be lucky, but I made the best of things when bad things happened.
it's a cross between a rowing machine and a bicycle… I won't leave my bedroom until I've done that." AND THEN THERE ARE THE 100-YEAR-OLDS WHO ARE EVEN MORE ACTIVE THAN THE AVERAGE 20-YEAR-OLD COUCH POTATO. THEY OFFERED THEIR OWN ADVICE ABOUT HEALTH AND MEDICINE. "Don't die too early." A COMMON TREND AMONG ADVICE FROM 100-YEAR-OLDS? "Have lots of people in the house and lots of different kinds of people—young, old, black, white, people from all over the world. "Just keep going." MANY CENTENARIANS SWEAR BY EXERCISE. "I attribute my longevity to a great extent to walking, not being in the back of the car strapped down." 42. I believe that we can keep that attitude as adults, too. "[Humor is] a life force, a way of surviving the difficulties of living." 67. "Keep an open mind, and things seem less strange." 74. "Do something interesting every day; otherwise you disintegrate." 80. I've lived a long life because there are so many people who love me." 84. And I don't let anything upset me, especially traffic." 87. Whenever I see a possibility of helping people who are in danger, I want to help them." 91. "Take one day at a time, and go along with the tide." 98.
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You don't have to be ‘happy' all the time, you need to be satisfied." 29. Find something to like about the person—it's there—because we're all just people." FOR OTHERS, THE KEY IS IN EDUCATION. Lunch is milk and a few cookies, or nothing when I am too busy to eat. Dinner is veggies, a bit of fish and rice, and, twice a week, 100 grams of lean meat." 46.
But in our later years, we should strive to contribute to society. I still put in 18 hours seven days a week and love every minute of it." OTHER CENTENARIANS OFFERED RELATIONSHIP ADVICE.
"If you are embarrassed to be dating someone, you should not be dating them." 14. "Pain is mysterious, and having fun is the best way to forget it." 51. Remember: you don't know when your number is up, and you can't take it with you to the next place." 52. "Find a role model and aim to achieve even more than they could ever do." 54. Until one is 60 years old, it is easy to work for one's family and to achieve one's goals. Don't marry an older man, marry a younger one." WHAT ELSE?
All centenarians have their own habits and morning routines they swear by. "Invest in quality pieces, they never go out of style." 3.
From whiskey shots to daily naps to ice cream, here's what some very old people credit for their lengthy lifespan. "I make myself go out every day, even if it's only to walk around the block.
IN 2011, HUFFINGTON POST INTERVIEWED A CENTENARIAN NAMED RUTH. The key to staying young is to keep moving." NBC TALKED TO A 100-YEAR-OLD DOCTOR WHO STILL RAN HIS OWN PRACTICE.