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Readers Respond: Tell A Story About Someone Who Has Aged Successfully

Responses: 20


Updated November 02, 2008

We all know someone who has aged well. Perhaps this person is a relative or a neighbor or even a famous person you have heard about. Tell their story here - give us their age and why you think they have aged successfully. No need to give any names. If you can, include some things that person has done to age well (diet, exercise, outlook, etc.).

William Byrne

I have a 73 year old friend who is quite active and strong, performing thousands of weighted sit-ups as well as thousands of push-ups during the year. His weight is very good,k muscle tonus that of a young man and plays competitive tennis, mostly singles. He have very few colds during the year and does not show the usual signs of aging....usually found in "seniors", especially in the United States. He is an avid walker and uses Zumba Fitness/Dance to help with balance and coordination. Never a smoker and never overweight indeed he seems to have found the secret to delaying the ravages of aging.
—Guest William Byrne


86 and thankful to greet every new day. So far(hope I am not jinxing myself) in good shape. Starting to work with" trainer" on Kinect Xbox.excellent resource.Have wonderful wife ,just celebrated 65th anniversary. Enjoy my iPad.Apple TV, Netflix ,iMac,powerbook G4,PS3. Most hopeful goal: to be here for my wife. Try to do something together each day,good movie, share a glass of red wine(when we eat out).Love Met Opera HD and will have seen every Oscar nominated movie and the popcorn that goes with it. Life is good in between the doctors' appointments. Wonderful children and grand children.
—Guest Harold


Given the unfolding revelations surrounding Japanese 'centenarians' who have been discovered to have been dead for many years, can we really now trust the veracity of article such as this>
—Guest Jeff

A Tale of Two Grandmothers

Of my two grandmothers, the older of the two just died at 94. The younger of the two died 8 years earlier in her early 80s. Neither drank or smoked. Both ate mostly homecooked meals. Both were avid church-goers. The two biggest differences were physical activity and ATTITUDE. The grandmother who stayed physically active (mostly walking) and who (for the most part) didn't engage in constant pity parties/woe is me talk and who had a positive outlook most of the time is the one who lived longer and lived better. Up until around her 93rd birthday she still drove (daytime only, short distances) and gave it up voluntarily, lived on her own, socialized a lot -- including making new friends right up til the end and while she might not of approved of everything her family did she was not judgmental. She wasn't the one criticizing and fretting over how others chose to live. Yep, I think attitude toward others and toward life in general played a big part in how they aged.
—Guest JJ


My great grandmother lived until she was about 93 or 94 its amazing how she did it and to hear all these other stories is also incredible!
—Guest here

Life is fantastic!

That's a motto of my 94 year young friend.. Full of life, energy, always content and happy, she is an inspiration to me. She lived alone till 92, leading a very active cultural and social life. She never complains and changes the subject when somebody else does. Extremely bright, well-read (philosophy, mysticism, and contemporary literature), she gets impassioned discussing latest political events and heros. At 70, she registered in the Art School and became a much sought after watercolour and Chinese caligraphy artist. At 75, she travelled alone to India, slept on the trains and loved every minute of it. At 80, she learned how to snorkel in Cuba; a habit she maintained for many years. Unfortunately, a bad dive damaged her spine and since her late 80s she has to use a walker. That did not diminish her awe of life and nature. Always self-reliant, asked what makes her happy most, she says: taking pictures on my daily walks and...myself!
—Guest Magdalena


My Mother had her 109th birthday last month. She lives in a nursing home in the Kansas City area. I can't really point out anything special to credit this for. She has not followed any special dietary or fitness rules. She has never smoked or drank alcoholic drinks. She is always interested in the activities of her grandchildren, great grandchildren as well as her 6 great-great grandchildren. One of her grandsons is himself a grandfather. She is no longer independently mobile. She gets around by wheelchair. But she is still mentally alert. Marvin


Until Saturday, 12/19/2009, I had 3 grandparents in their mid to late 90s. My paternal grandmother of 94 passed away much to the sadness of all who knew her. Right up until the end, she was active in church and civic organizations. She was loved, and will be deeply missed. My family still has living my paternal grandfather (98), and my maternal grandmother (98). Additionally, the sister of my maternal grandmother is still living (my great aunt) and is 95. All are in good health, and we are blessed to have them here to grace us with their presence and wisdom. My children are all of age (youngest is 14) where they will always vividly remember these aged family members. None of these people were ever rich or book educated. They lived through times when some people didn't have the opportunities that exist for the youth of today. But these aged family have brought a wisdom and spirituality that has driven both sides of my family for many year, and will hopefully continue to do so.
—Guest Kenny W


many people give a variety of reasons to explain successfull aging,i am only 76 so can't yet say i am a great success-neverthe less will ad my two bits of advice,i think walking is a very good activity- i think bananas and milk are a healthy snack,sleeping early and getting up early is best,i practice track and field sports for exercise but wouldn't advise everyone to do this-last but not least,listen to your body,do those things that make you feel well but avoid those that make you not feel well,as a matter of fact avoid anything that causes systematic alterations(unnatural accelerated heart beat,fast breathing etc).i have visited the burial place of an englishman named thomas parr,his tombstone gives his age as 152 when he died-does anyone think this is true/? a poem written about him in his time says he ate a lot of dairy products and coarse bread. if i live another 14 years i will be an authentic ageing success and will submit another more detailed response at that time.
—Guest democ

Ageing has no Place

Here is a little story about my grandfather. He lived to reach his 90 birthday. I remember when I was very young child growing up. I admired him because of his simple life style. My grandfather and my grandmom lived on a farm, they grew their own food, raised chickens, hogs and turkeys. How I remembered spending many week ends with them when school was out. My grandPa, we called him was very nice he didn,t get angry nor did he beat us for acting out. He slept on the hard wooden floor although he could have slept in the bed, he bathe in an out doors house, took naps under the shade tree an ate all most anything he wanted to eat. My granny died in her 70 she wasn't as humble as grandpa. needless to say, all goes to say that its the mind set of an individual that helps determine his longevity upon this God pressure Earth, along with meekness to pray regularly.
—Guest Louise

Longevity success

My grandma was passed away on age of 94 and she was healthy and full of activity.She was bright and got the diploma in piano from (UK) and while she was playing the piano the audience applause her with once more and more.She was business minded and she could manage her employees from her jewellery shops and others.She had strict displine and do the right thing in right place.Even in that World war two she had already known how to raise the shop promotion was so wonderful.She made the lucky draw for expensive bracelet and after the draw she gave the pecious thing to the luckiest customer.She was very busy in day time and when the night time she dropped her head on the pillow there was sound of snoring.Yes,the key point of the Longevity is sleep.Sleep is necessary for health and happiness and it could give full of energy for doing business.If we have enough sleep we are in the peak of everything but sleepless night have more angry,stress and anxiety. I always stayed near my grandma and
—Guest san san ohn

My mother's aging

My mother will be 86 years old this year. She is still in good health, although her blood pressure is high and has to be controlled with medication. She also has moderate arthritis. She does everything you are not supposed to do. She is obese and she eats white bread, processed meats, and canned soups. She also has a pronounced sweet tooth. She is a controller and a worrier. She does walk for exercise and she used to swim. She does not use brain exercises and she spends a lot of her time watching television. I have come to the conclusion that some longevity is just due to genes and luck. But I am acting in my own best interest and taking care of my health. With genes like that, I could live to be 105 and have a good quality of life for most of those years.
—Guest Ruth Leder

My Journey to 100

My father just turned 95 my mother is 87, and they have been married for 63 years. At 92 Dad said "on my journey to 100", I will do more exercise and eat better etc. My father has always set goals, and both my parentts are avid players of word games. I got them a computer a few years ago, though slow to accept it, they have now taken to it, and are on Facebook and keeping up with email. So I have started a website for Dad to reach 100 and beyond, I am a little slow technologically, but you can leave your name and email for updates in the future, for Dad's site, where there will be lots of information on how to age successfully at.......... myjourneyto100.com.........Launch Coming Soon! ;-)
—Guest Jeff Thrasher

Age gracefully

Hi , I,d like to shame my mom's living style who is living healthy.We recently celebrated her 90th B'day.She has a very positive approach towards life even admist adverseties.She broke her leg recently and was taken to the hospital where she had a smile on her face throughout.Even before the operated, she told the doctors that she was feeling much better by just being in a good atmosphere.she believes in Natruopathy and keeps herself busy reading related articles and sharing with people.Keeps herself busy doing her own cooking, laundry and gardening with her hands.Thanks every individual without fail and valus them.She has great grand children too.Never sits idle...knits woollen socks for the entire family and neighbours and friends too.A living legend....keeps humming to herself happily.
—Guest My mom(Sunita Chandla)

Questioning "Successful Aging"

Dr. Stibich, I am 83, so I might qualify as being reasonably experienced at aging. Been there, done that. And I find that I can't quite get the hang of notions like "successful aging" or, even worse, "aging gracefully". Those terms make me feel like comeone is patting me on the head and saying, "nice old man". However, my comment is really about the lack of a resource source for older people that could bring them up to date as to what is happening to their bodies as they age, and steps to take in coping with the frailty bug-a-boo that is toward the end of the path. My personal experience is that I really cannot count upon even a very competent doctor to be aware of this area, and so it is something that I take responsibility for. For example, I have learned that the elderly person can expect to be seriously depleted in vitamin D, and that this can result in hypertension, stroke, or heart attack. That is one example of the kind of information that could be made available.
—Guest C. Colenaty

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