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Old 12-15-2018, 05:35 PM
 
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Thinking back, around 1985 or so I met a fellow while I was a police officer in Arkansas. At the time he was 107, a very soft spoken kind gentle black man. We became friends and I would sit with him having coffee and listening to countless stories about picking cotton, his parents being slaves, his life in general. He told me he never had any serious schooling, but was one of the wisest people I've ever met. Walked everywhere. He was one of the few people I've come across who had honor.

He died peacefully in his sleep at 109.
Amazing that you could talk with someone who lived through such historical times. I wonder what stories old suburbanites will have to tell.
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Old 12-15-2018, 05:36 PM
 
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My stepmom had no cognitive decline at all up until her death at 91. Her body didn't fair so well, but her mind was at 100%. She didn't do anything special. She ate whatever she wanted to. She was thin up until about 50 years of age, then gained quite a bit of weight and was overweight for 20-30 years, then lost the weight. She ate homestyle country type of food - biscuits and gravy, bacon, eggs, bread, potatoes. She loved salad. She also loved desserts. She used to eat a lot of citrus fruits, like grapefruit and oranges, while she watched TV in the evening. She didn't exercise other than what she needed to do in the course of a day, but she did do strenuous things when she was able to, like lawn mowing. She always had some household project going, whether it was painting or reupholstering furniture or whatever. She watched TV before bed, but other than that she was never just sitting around. In the last 10 or 15 years her congestive heart failure kept her from being active. She used to say "I used to go like a house afire, and now I can't do anything."


She was born in 1919 and didn't finish high school. I think went to either 6th or 9th grade. But she liked to read and always had something that she was reading. Also did crossword puzzles, etc.
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Old 12-15-2018, 06:45 PM
 
Location: SW US
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I have known quite a few. My mother was still sharp it 92. She was still sharp at 95 when she died except for a few times when she went into the hospital. I've noticed that older people when they go into the hospital, usually with infections of some kind, seem to be hit harder.

My mother also never got that old person voice. As for doing anything special diet or health-wise, she had no program. She was, however, always interested and everything going on around her.

My mother was this way too. She could talk about all kinds of subjects with me up until she went into hospice due to cancer and lost interest. She died 2 months later at 95.
I think staying interested in the greater world helps a lot.
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Old 12-15-2018, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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My mother was this way too. She could talk about all kinds of subjects with me up until she went into hospice due to cancer and lost interest. She died 2 months later at 95.
I think staying interested in the greater world helps a lot.
I think so, too.

Reminded me of something my 90-y.o. mother says when she watches political debates.

"After the debate the news people come on and they talk about how the candidates said this and that, but I just watched the same debate and what they said is not what the news people say they said."
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Old 12-15-2018, 08:19 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I think so, too.

Reminded me of something my 90-y.o. mother says when she watches political debates.

"After the debate the news people come on and they talk about how the candidates said this and that, but I just watched the same debate and what they said is not what the news people say they said."
Hey, maybe I should be more interested in political debates, I might get to live till 100.
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Old 12-15-2018, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Just curious. What have your experiences and interactions been? Please share any diet tips, life advice, etc and other nuggets you've gained from them.
I play Scrabble online with a centenarian. She wins a lot. I don't know what attributes to her longevity.


My grandfather lived to be 99 and 11 months. Was sharp as a tack. Could spin a yarn with the best of them. Had a small glass of schnapps every day of his life. There may be something in that.
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Old 12-15-2018, 10:04 PM
 
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My 92 year old mother. She still very sharp and does her bills, balances the checkbook, etc. She has an aide helping her only because she was in an accident 4 years ago. Someone fell on her breaking her neck & leg. She has osteoporosis and as a result of her injury she can't physically do as much as she did before the accident but she has a clear mind.

She eats in moderation and has a good attitude.....she doesn't do anything unusual or extreme.
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Old 12-15-2018, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Erie, PA
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I knew a woman back in the 90's who was 98 years old and lived next door to us independently. She still drove, and lived by herself. She was interested in everything and loved to talk about many different topics. She walked quite a bit for exercise and also spent a lot of time reading & doing puzzles. Her husband had passed away 20 some years ago and she had a boyfriend who was 71 years old and she joked about 'robbing the cradle'. She drank wine once in a while, ate pretty much what she wanted and the only medicine she took was for high blood pressure.

It was fascinating listening to her talk about how things had been when she was a child and the stories about her and her husband's early years.

She went on to live to 105 years old and passed on rather suddenly in her sleep one night. Up until that night she moved on, she had been in good health and in full control of her faculties.
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Old 12-15-2018, 10:40 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Very good stories, keep it coming. Giving me hope.
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Old 12-15-2018, 11:39 PM
 
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My great aunt lived on her own until several months before her death at 104. Sharp as a tack until the end.
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