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titaniumed
02-06-2010, 01:05 PM
This is worth watching. Scientists examine some of the secrets...

And what might these secrets be?......Hmmmm?

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/how-to-live-to-101/

Ed

mamamax
02-06-2010, 03:08 PM
Well, Ed. That was fascinating!

Living long (and well) seems a delicate balance between genetics, environment, and world view.

Compelling that a nutrient dense rainbow diet (calorically restricted) along with good coping mechanisms, and a sense of purpose link the world's longest living - because these things appear to slow down the DHEA clock. When DHEA is all used up, life is over (they say).

So my ever questioning mind wonders about the link between DHEA and emotions - or if there even is one.

Found a reference that stated: Negative emotions (stress) fuel cortisol; positive emotions (well being) fuel DHEA. In the oddest of places: http://www.abanet.org/lpm/lpt/articles/mba05061.shtml

So there we have it - want to live long and well?

Control the stress and stay positive, exercise - and eat (but don't overeat) those vegetables :-)

How about that 92 year old heart surgeon in Loma Linda? Amazing.

Please, do not forget to alert me when you open your clinic!

jrnyc
02-06-2010, 05:30 PM
ugh...too many aches & pains in my body to WANT to live to 101!!
cause if things keep goin' in the direction they are goin', my eybrows will start hurtin' any minute!!


jess

txmarinemom
02-06-2010, 06:00 PM
ugh...too many aches & pains in my body to WANT to live to 101!!
cause if things keep goin' in the direction they are goin', my eybrows will start hurtin' any minute!!

Jess ...

Many of us know that feeling. Hang in there, sister ... your solution will present itself when it - or you - is good and ready.

Pam

Pooka1
02-06-2010, 08:01 PM
Interesting piece.

Okinawa, Sardinia, Loma Linda.

Very different communities.

My life is at least half over. I try to maximize my saddle time. I'm lucky to have a stellar horse. That's all I can do.

jrnyc
03-02-2010, 12:14 AM
very well put, Sharon!

and thanks for the encouragement, Pam....

my saddle's been hurtin' lately! :)

j.

titaniumed
03-02-2010, 10:45 AM
I met this lady while getting my hair cut last week who was 85 years old and had a huge kyphosis. You could set a bowling ball behind her head, and it wouldnít roll off! Anyway, I asked her about it, about her pain and she was completely stumped. I told her about my situation, and she finally admitted that it hurt, but she had completely blocked that pain from her mind....

I told her that I thought I was pretty good with that myself, but just couldnít hang any longer due to the debilitating pain and had to have my surgeries. She had that old school mentality, being afraid of any surgery, and didnít realize how far technology and training has come in the last 50 years. She hopped on that senior bus, and was having way too much fun.

The practice or mentality of "blocking" pain, seems to be common. I mean it has to be something that many people have used through the years. The odds of making it to 100 are nil without going through pain.

I think the main thing here is having fun. Having fun and being content with whatever happens is the driving force that keeps us alive. I have always had fun. No matter what, its been my driving force through life. Now that Im pain free, at least for now, I feel itís a bonus and a reward.

Well, I just read the article Mamamax posted above, after the fact, LOL and you can see that I have this already engrained in my system. So does the lady I met at the hair salon. Thx for posting that article, Mamamax.

Be happy with life, no matter what happens.... Appreciate every curve ball that gets pitched over the plate.
Ed

joyfull
03-02-2010, 10:46 PM
Ed, I hope we of all people can appreciate the "curve" balls! I agree with your theory that having fun keeps you young. In January I visited my aunt in a retirement community in Florida and I was amazed at what a zest for life the older people there have. They put some of us younger ones to shame. People really up there in age with walkers were "running" to see shows, listen to music, go to classes, etc. Right now, I wish I was there to swim outdoors and get ready for my surgery!

Joy

titaniumed
03-03-2010, 01:31 AM
Joy

As we grow older, the curve balls keep a comin! After you hit many of these, you get pretty darn good at it.

Scoli surgery for me was just another curve ball. It would be easier for me to step up to bat again if I had to.

I too, have had seniors that could kick my ass! These older seniors have the proper mindset, they know that stress is not worth it. In general, they are very brave people, without many fears, who do the best they can with what they have. Itís a combination of knowledge and faith.

These are valuable lessons, surgery or not.
No worries
Ed