The oldest person I’ve ever known was my step great grandfather who died at the age of 93. My folks passed at ages 58 and 64. A grandmother passed at 73. I have not known any that has lived past age 93.
What do you suppose is the driving force of centenarians?
My great aunt Kate was 113 when she died.
When she was in her late 90's my uncle went over to check on her and found her up on the roof. He said; "Kate, what the hell are you doing up there?" She said; "I'm fixing the roof".
He said; "Kate, get down from there, you going to hurt yourself." When he left he took her ladder with him. So when he was gone she built herself another ladder and finished her job on the roof.
If we want to know the driving force of centenarians, the best thing to do is surely see what the person who was best at it had to say - Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997 at the age of 122..
Jeanne was a cyclist until she turned 100 and regularly drank port, as well as eating 2lb (0.9kg) of chocolate every week. She insisted lack of stress was the secret to a long life - "If you can't do anything about it, don't worry about it", and also emphasised the importance of keeping the mind active - "I dream, I think, I go over my life. I never get bored." She must have got bored of being asked, as often her reply to questions about how she'd lived so long was "God must have forgotten me."
"I have only ever had one wrinkle - and I'm sitting on it!" - Jeanne aged 110.
My father is a 102 year old WW2 veteran ,and a retired New York City Fireman .Photo is at his 100th birthday party.I think genetics played apart in his life span .Both of his parents lived past 97 .He never smoked .He drinks one glass of sangria every day. They say small amounts of wine every day may be very beneficial to ones health.
My nana-my mother's mother-died 7 years ago at the age of 109. She lived in her own apartment until she was 100. Her husband died 45 years before that. She was fairly alert till 107 in a Hebrew Rehab Center in Boston. The last 2 years I lost my beloved nana. Hard to see he drugged and fed with baby food. She wanted to die at 107 but they kept her alive-my mother's religious family-for 2 years.