The oldest verified person on earth died at the age of 122 years in 1997. She was French and her name was Jeanne Calment. Having the same name (different spelling) isn’t the only thing Catholic Home’s oldest resident has in common with this remarkable achievement. St Vincent’s resident Jean Ferguson turned 108 this April.
There’s a whole host of theories and facts about why women generally live longer, but as a human race, we’re all living longer regardless of our gender. Simply surviving isn’t enough and what really counts is living well while we’re on this earth.
Dr. John J. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist and author of the Brain Rules book series, including Brain Rules for Aging Well. He answers those burning questions about maintaining a sharp memory, how our emotions change with age, keeping physically healthy and longevity.
It’s a fascinating read for any age because whether we accept it or not, we’re all getting older.
Dr. Medina recommends the following 10 Brain Rules for Ageing Well:
Be a friend to others, and let others be a friend to you
Cultivate an attitude of gratitude
Mindfulness not only soothes but improves
Remember, it’s never too late to learn – or to teach
Train your brain with video games
Look for 10 signs before asking, “Do I have Alzheimer’s?”
MIND your meals and get moving
For clear thinking, get enough (not too much) sleep
You can’t live forever, at least not yet
Never retire, and be sure to reminisce