I’ve always wished to live to ripe old age of at least 100, and get to see children, grandchildren, and even great- grandchildren in my life and enjoy spending time with family.
This happened to the oldest person alive, Emma Morano.
Everyone has different definitions of what a “ripe old age” means. For some people, it might mean spending your precious years celebrating your inner daredevil. For others, it’s all about the lifestyle practices and habits that help you stay strong and healthy.
No one knows better about longevity than Emma Morano, who was recently named the oldest person alive, at the age of 116 years and 169 days.
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Not only that, but Morano is believed to be the last surviving person in the world born in the 1800s, with a birthdate of Nov. 29, 1899. That’s just 4-1/2 months after Susannah Mushatt Jones, who died Thursday in New York, also at 116.
Today, she lives in the small city of Verbania, in the Piedmont region of Italy, where she continues to live in good health, despite having attained old age so far outside of the norm that scientists refer to her as a “supercentenarian.”
But the only thing more shocking than her longevity is her explanation for it! She has two key pieces of advice for anyone who wants to live a very long time.
The Life of the Oldest Person Alive
Emma Morano was born in Piedmont in 1899. Her birth coincided with events like the Spanish-American War, and the presidency of William McKinley, events that have all but passed out of living memory.
Still living in Piedmont 116 years later, she lives alone, and receives a visit from her doctor of more than 20 years, Dr. Carlo Bava, every Friday. He is convinced there’s a genetic component to Morano’s longevity in addition to her positive attitude. One of her sisters lived to be over 100 and another to nearly 100.
She has been in stable health for years, Bava said, with no chronic ailments, and she is in excellent health for a woman of her age.
“Her longevity is a genetic fact, nothing else,” Bava said. “She is a person who from a young age had a difficult life that would have sapped the energy out of anyone.”
He said Morano’s husband beat her and she lost an infant son to crib death at 6 months. She supported herself working in a factory making jute bags, then in a hotel, working well past retirement age.
“She abandoned the husband in the Fascist era, when women were supposed to be submissive. She was always very decisive,” her doctor said.
Morano, however, is still an inexplicable outlier, who doesn’t focus on a rigid or ascetic lifestyle, and who has lived a remarkably challenging life.
Not only has she lived through great upheaval in her native country, she worked well into her 70′s to support herself, and, far from a vigorously healthy diet, she is known for her sweet tooth, and particular love of Panettone, the Italian Christmas cake.
Emma Morano as the Oldest Person Alive Reveals Her Secrets to Living a Long Life
What Are Her Secrets?
As I mentioned previously, her doctor claims that it must be genetics, noting that Italy produces some of the most long-lived people in the world.
Many supercentenarians in Italy and in Japan, including Morano, have been closely studied by scientists to see if they have a genetic predisposition towards living a long time.
Morano, for her part, has a couple of different ideas about where her good health comes from.
In fact, she told The Telegraph that one of her secrets is dietary; she eats two to three raw eggs every day, a practice she has followed since she was diagnosed with anemia decades ago.
The other secret is just the tiniest bit unconventional.
She told the The New York Times that one of her secrets to a long, healthy life is staying single!
She was married once to an abusive man, and left him in 1938. She’s been single and fancy-free ever since, and thinks it probably helps explain her lifespan.
Of course, no matter what the real reason for her incredible lifespan is, the most important thing is that she’s always looking forward to the future and approaching life with a big smile on her face!
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Would you ever take her advice for a long and happy life?
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