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Secrets of Anti-Aging From a 105-Year-Old Woman

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The world is full of anti-aging products, secrets, tips, and illusions, but if you truly want to feel remarkably years younger in an instant, then stand next to a gal well into her 105th year of life and see how you feel!

The simple fact that she is of such a mature age does not make you feel younger in and of itself. The fact that she is still full of life makes you feel younger, almost as if you have years ahead of you, no matter what your age.

I had to remind myself of this fact while at a meeting this morning. A younger man in the group, around age 27, pointed out that I am, well, older than he is. Yes, at 45, I am older, but that does not make me OLD. He was implying that I would probably be retiring within a few years. What???? I don’t know what his generation is thinking, but in my world, we never retire. People in my family are still employed at the time of their demise. My grandfather was into his nineties when he passed away, yet he was, up until a few months prior to his death, heading out to the office every day, just as he had for nearly 70 years. My uncle, age 74, works full-time as a medical doctor. I truly believe that his energy and work ethic have kept him young. You would never be able to tell at first glance that he is 74. I guarantee you that the young man who noted I would probably be retiring in a few years will be retired well before I will even think about it!

So, let’s get back to standing next to an elderly lady. (No, you are not standing next to me. Picture my granny here. Focus!) This past Sunday, I had the honor of meeting her at the airport on her return trip from the east coast. She had a three-hour layover before her “puddle jumper” plane escorted her back to her small town in the Midwest. This gave Grandma and my husband and I the opportunity to spend some quality time with each other. All I can say, is, Grandma surely can make all of us look bad when it comes to living life to the fullest!

According to sources on About.com, “for seniors, the term ‘aging well’ includes having a healthy body, an active mind, a healthy lifestyle, and a positive attitude.

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EmpowHER Guest

It’s not news that men are willing to go to great lengths to fight the signs of aging.

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October 14, 2010 - 3:02am
EmpowHER Guest

great story - I think that more people need to consider the effect of a positive (or negative) attitude on their quality of life - I recently read an article about a woman who did a lap at a racetrack at age 106! and another woman (96 I think) who got her college degree. You are never too old to go after your dreams!

August 18, 2009 - 12:36pm
EmpowHER Guest

Awesome! I should get your grandma together with my 96 year old granddad. He's got the same zest for life!

August 17, 2009 - 10:17am

Sorry, I'm a guy, but I found the story about your grandmother to be absolutely delightful! And, yet, younger people seem to have a warped perception about growing older.

July 20, 2009 - 9:07pm
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