The Best and Weirdest Firsthand Advice For Living An Unnaturally Long Life

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The Best and Weirdest Firsthand Advice For Living An Unnaturally Long Life

The Best and Weirdest Firsthand Advice For Living An Unnaturally Long Life

There’s a lot of advice floating around for how to live longer, and most of it is just basic common sense: get rest, eat well, don’t smoke, etc., etc. Here’s some less traditional advice (and some quotes) from some of the oldest living people on the planet on the weird things they credit for their superhuman lifespans.

 

Emma Morano

Age: 115 – oldest living person in Europe, fifth oldest in the world

Her secret: Morano has consumed three raw eggs a day since her teens, when her doctor recommended them for anemia. If you’re curious, that comes out to somewhere in the ballpark of 100,000 raw eggs that she’s eaten. Her other secret involves staying away from the opposite sex. Her marriage ended in 1938 and while she had her choice of any number of men after that, she never settled down again, saying she “didn’t want to be dominated by anyone.”

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Misao Okawa

Age: 117 next month

Her secret: “Eat and sleep and you will live a long time. You have to learn to relax.” Seems easy enough, right? She also eats sushi at least once a month, if you needed an excuse for that.

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Mae Lewis 

Born Nov. 5, 1912, Brooklyn

Her secret: Drinking and dancing. Lewis says she keeps busy with all sorts of activities, including “the senior community’s weekly dance party, where we do fun dances, like the Macarena. I don’t miss happy hour, either! I drop in three times a week.”

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Lili Rudin

Age: 102

Her secret: Talk to people. Stay active. Be curious about life.  “Do something interesting every day; otherwise you disintegrate.”

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Sakari Momoi

Age: 112 – The world’s oldest living man.

His secret: Basically the opposite of Mae Lewis, he swears off booze. “I do not know the secret of my long life. I used to always exercise, eat in moderation and never consumed alcohol.”

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Milly Smith

Just turned 100.

Her secret: Milly says bingo keeps her young. That and jigsaw puzzles.

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Rose Strassburger

Born June, 1912

Her secret: “Keep kosher.”

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Jessie Gallan

Age: 109 – oldest woman living in Scotland

Her secret: Porridge and abstinence. “My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth. I also made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married.”

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