Episode #7: Is there a secret to living to 100?
“When I think of the age..there‘s a fear. I can’t believe it… as you get older life is a dream. It flies.”
How old will you grow to be? Is there something you can do to prolong your life? A recipe for longevity?
We know that our genetics play a role, but perhaps only about 25% of our longevity is influenced by genetic code. The rest may be modified through behavior and environment.
In this podcast I speak with my grandmother, Ruth. At the time of this recording, she is celebrating a birthday and she’s well beyond the age of 100. She is completely present and coherent, she lives on her own, and she doesn’t take medications. She’s an anomaly- and she amazes everyone she meets. So I ask her why she thinks she’s lived this long.
In our conversation my grandmother shares the following:
- The activity that she thinks may be part of her longevity
- What she eats
- How it feels to be past the age of 100
- What it was like to be in New York City in the 20’s and her brush with organized crime figure Meyer Lansky
In the podcast introduction, I talk about National Geographic reporter Dan Beuttner’s book, The Blue Zones Solution. This book examines the 4 locales around the world that have an unusually high number of centenarians and the author attempts to find common behaviors among the inhabitants of these blue zones. In this podcast I summarize the lifestyle habits that appear to link these longevity epicenters.