A secret to longevity

Okinawans are the oldest living people in the world. Physical activity is part of the “natural rhythm of life” and  most older Okinawans are active in ways that keep them physically fit  along with connecting their physical selves with their psychological and spiritual selves. This is what helps them to feel whole.  In North America, less than half of us participate in  in a physical fitness routine, but in Okinawa exercise is a way of life.

Jeralean Talley  was recognized at age 116 as the oldest person in the world between April 2015 and June of the same year. Talley was born on May 23, 1899 in Georgia. One of 12 children, she spent her early years living on a farm picking cotton and peanuts and harvesting sweet potatoes. She moved to Inkster, Michigan in 1935, and lived there until she died on June 17, 2015.  At the age of 114, Jeralean shared her secrets for long life:   “I never stop moving, and even today I keep my hands busy by knitting. I played bowling until I turned 104, but my legs have gotten weaker since then. I sometimes go fishing with my son-in-law and grandson and even caught seven fish last time. I only have one golden rule for life: Treat others as you would have them treat you.”

We can learn much from the experiences and wisdom of those who have lived long and healthy lives.  My mom is one of those people.  Although she cannot walk the distances she used to, she has adjusted due to her Macular Degeneration and circulation issues.  On my last visit the only time I saw her not moving was when she was sleeping, eating or reading on her video magnifier. Never stop moving!

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