100 and Still Going Strong: The Secrets to Longevity

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Sensational Centenarians: The Secrets to Longevity

by Claire Brenner · May 19, 2023

The quest for a long and healthy life has been a topic of interest for centuries. We’ve heard of various approaches, from fad diets to ancient remedies, all claiming to hold the secret to longevity. But what is the truth? Let’s take a look at what some of the experts – centenarians – have to say. In this article, we’ll explore the secrets of seven sensational individuals who have lived to 100 and beyond, and learn what they credit their long and fulfilling lives to. Here are seven sensational centenarians and their secrets to living longer.

Les Savino, 100

Les Savino Believes staying active is key to a longer life. The former consultant sticks to a strict routine of  hitting the gym every morning, whether it’s pumping iron or running on the treadmill.

Marjorie Johnson, 106

Marjorie, appropriately nicknamed the “Blue Ribbon Baker,” has charmed the United States with her enthusiasm for life and her record for most blue ribbons received at the Minnesota State Fair’s baking competition. Her secret to a long life is healthy eating and a positive attitude.

Nikki Fonseka, 103

Air Force Veteran, Nikki stresses the importance of keeping her mind and body alert. In her interview with The Guardian, she talks about how she tries to read as much as possible and be out of bed by 6 a.m.

George Watkeys, 101

George survived malaria during his time in service in World War II, he later retired to become a dentist. He believes in seizing the day and making the most of every opportunity.

María Branyas Morera, 116

María is the world’s verified oldest living person. Despite her age, she’s extremely active on social media, sharing things from recipes to helpful advice like “”Never, ever, become a bitter person no matter what.”

Edith Ceccarelli, 115

Sacrifice, appreciation, and a bit of wine is what Edith believes in her secret to longevity. Despite outliving many of her loved ones, the Italian immigrant continues to enjoy life and dance, one of her favorite hobbies.

Nina Willis, 114

Nina Willis, who was born one of 20 siblings in 1909, believes that love is the secret to longevity. Although bedridden, she keeps her mind active, watching baseball games and reading the newspaper.

Julia Hawkins, 106

Julia Hawkins, nicknamed “Hurricane Hawkins,” set a track and field record in the 100-meter dash at the age of 105. She believes that life is magical and that you should never stop seeking special moments.

The Guardian, “‘Keep your eyes open – and leap into the future’: 100 centenarians’ 100 tips for a life well lived”
Evening Sun: “Hanover’s Iron Man: Les Savino still going strong at 100”
Atlanta News First: “Georgia woman turns 114 years young”
CBS News: “World’s oldest person, U.S.-born Spanish woman, turns 116”
Penarth Times: “Dentist and former RAF George Watkeys celebrates turning 100”
Guideposts: “This 103-Year-Old Runner Shares Her Top Longevity Secret”

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