Some people are blessed with a long life. But is there a secret to longevity?
Well, according to science, if you want to lead a healthy life, which probably has to do with the number of age you reach, you need to eat healthy, exercise, be active, and have a social life. But who else would tell us exactly what leads to reaching many years of age than those who celebrated a milestone of turning 100 and even more years old?
Susannah Mushatt Jones, a woman who got to live to 106, claimed that eating bacon on a regular basis added to her long life.
In order to learn more of the lifestyle and the habits of centenarians, Holiday Retirement commissioned a national survey in 2015. The answers they got from the elderly were pretty amazing. Some were surprising as well.
One of the most unconventional responses came from a 109-year-old woman from Scotland named Jessie Gallan.
Jessie, who passed away shortly after the survey was conducted, lived in a nursing home and was described by her caretakers as a vibrant person.
“Jessie is a lovely woman. She has got her best friend here, Sarah Jane, and they are always together. She likes her music and likes her exercise class and is a very independent person. Jessie is always walking about,” caretaker Gillian Bennett told STV when talking of Jessie.
Jessie was born in 1906 on a farm in Kintore, Scotland. She and her family, her parents and her six siblings lived in a two-bedroom cottage and slept on a straw-filled mattress.
Back in the day, not many young women attended school, but Jessie was among the lucky ones to start her education. However, she soon left school in order to work as a maid and later in the service industry in both the city and countryside.
Asked what her secret to such a long life was, Jessie stunned the reporter by saying, “My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth.”
Hearing this bold statement, we are certain there are AMENS coming from other women out there.
Besides avoiding men, Jessie said that another secret of hers was a dairy component. “I like my porridge. I have all my life.”
It turns out that the right life choices related can add to their longevity. For Jessie, that was staying away from men and having her oatmeal.
The truth is that what works for one person may not be fit for another, so we should all do what makes us happy. I guess that’s the ultimate secret to a long life.
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