The Art of Living to 100


Is living to 100 and being healthy possible? Throughout my career, I’ve had the opportunity to learn how individuals living well into their nineties and hundreds have achieved this great feat. 

As some of you know, I produce and host a podcast called The Caring Generation®. Through this program, I have interviewed some of the most interesting people in the world.

Life at 103 and 104

I had the pleasure of interviewing a woman, Garnet, who began hiking the Grand Canyon at 65 and made more than twenty trips.  She was 103 when I interviewed her and said staying in contact with her friends 20 years younger kept her going. 

There is another woman I know living in an independent community in Denver who is 104 and still going strong.  While her body has a few issues, her mind is sharp. 

Another woman I just met told me that if one sees the doctor enough, “they’ll eventually find something.”  Thus it was her idea that avoiding the doctor unless there was something truly wrong was good advice.

Staying HealthySo what’s the secret?  From what I can tell, it’s not frequent trips to the doctor but more about keeping active and maintaining a positive mindset. 

There is a time when we may need to see a doctor, but generally, according to my 100+-year-old friends, it seems it’s best to avoid doctors at all costs unless absolutely necessary.

Through The Caring Generation program, I’ve interviewed many physicians and researchers who believe a long healthy life and living to 100 results from our own actions instead of being limited to the genes we inherit.

Medical Wisdom

Dr. Harold Koenig, an expert in religion and health, explains that regular religious practice, i.e., attending church regularly and becoming involved in church activities, makes us healthier.  But spirituality alone does not hold the same benefit.

Dr. Robert Schneider, internationally recognized in the field of integrative medicine, touts TM, transcendental meditation, as the cure for high blood pressure and many other ailments. I’ve practiced TM for many years and experienced the benefits.

Benefits of Social Interactions

Sociologists and researchers tell us to maintain an active social life, embrace family relationships, and we’ll be more prepared to cope with challenges in our lives. Living to 100 without being stress filled and sick is a possibility. 

Research proves that isolated individuals have more health challenges. Looking at the four walls of a room and rarely getting outside is not good for the mind or the body. 

If you want to hear the interviews with some of the centenarians I had the pleasure of meeting, search for the podcasts on this website.  Here’s wishing you good health and long life with the possibility of living to 100.

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