- Aging & Longevity
World's Oldest Living Persons: "It's not easy being old"
Getting to be really old is not easy
After studying five very old people who lived to be 117 years of age (all 5 were women) I am not yet able to give anyone a definite answer to the question, "How can I live to be 117 years old too?"
The answer to this question is complicated and goes beyond the ability of any physician to answer it.
We all know that, all things being equal, being a woman gives one a markedly greater advantage of living to be super-old that being a man. For the most part, women live longer that men. This is a scientific fact.
One thing that I have learned, incidentally is, If one lives in the same geographical location, and does not move around or relocate to distance locations away from the geographical location where he or she was born, one tend to have an opportunity to live for a greater number of years. I suppose one's body, mind and spiritual wellbeing likes stability that living in the same geographical location, for a lifetime, provides.
I am not going to spend a lot of time talking about "eating well." We all know that healthy foods and good eating habits makes a difference for living a long healthy life.
However, consider this! One of the five old, 117 year old ladies that I studied, at the age of 117 years old, was eating two raw eggs a day. Sometimes she would eat a third cooked egg, in addition to her two raw eggs. That was all that she was eating each day, 2 to 3 eggs.
She lived to be 117 years old and that was the diet that she was on up until she died. I don't know. This does not sound like a balanced diet, given my understanding, education and training. But I don't know everything. All I know is that she lived for 117 years.
One of these 117 year old ladies stopped working when she was 65 years old. She just "flat out" quit working at age 65. I do not know what she did with her time after this but she lived to be 117 years old. Maybe it is possible to "work one's self to death!" Who knows. Maybe it is a good idea to, in the back of one's mind, to have some idea of when one will stop working. Maybe too much work will kill you. Who knows!
This is going to be a very short article compared to the other discourses that I have written. I just want you to know that living to be an old person takes some effort, some thought and some planning. Listen to your primary health care doctor if you have one. Pay attention to what you read in newspapers and other publications. There is some good stuff to learn from on television. Dr. Oz isn't stupid, he has some good ideas and some good people on his program sometimes. I don't have the time to watch TV too much, but when I can, I tend to be selective for what I view and I get a lot out of it.
Oh yes, I almost forget a key bit of advice. Sleep! Get enough sleep. Figure out what enough is for you. At least 6 hours to start. But most people need 7 or 8 hours. I know people who need 10 hours a day. It is difficult for most people to sleep 10 hours a day.
I wish you Joy, Peace and Happiness and a long healthy Life. May Love fill your heart.