Skip to comments.Jersey City woman shares secret to longevity at 105th birthday party
Posted on 04/12/2014 8:17:30 AM PDT by SMGFan
A Jersey City woman who will turn 105 years old on Sunday swears she's found the secret to longevity: dark chocolate and red wine.
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It’s certainly worth trying! LOL
She was a little mad during the interview. “Damn it,” she said, “I left my cigarettes at the bar again.”
I think it's sad that so many people want to retire at an early age. Never understood able bodied people who didn't like to work.
I’ve got a relation by marriage who retired and began hitting the bottle harder than ever. It’s not pretty.
Cynical me was ready to think her longevity was based on a life peppered with government support, Social Security for decades and all that. Her story made me ashamed of what I initially thought.
Worked until 92, only then her job was gone because of Sept 11, 2001 where she worked in NYC. Self sufficient until a very few years ago until she broke her hip. Her whole story is a wonderful testament to hard work freedom, and those who have a real appreciation of it.
I retired 1 1/2 years ago from a very high stress job. Hubby had been retired for 7 yrs by then. Couple of reasons I retired early. Had set ourselves up so We didn’t need the money anymore and I wanted to enjoy life. Am doing that right now while I sit on our 40 ft sailboat and have breakfast and coffee waiting for what will be a beautiful day.
I have enjoyed every single day that I haven’t had to get up and go to work anymore.
Slowly and surely, he began a speedy decline. Online gambling, pornography and drugs and liquor. He put on over 100 pounds. His wife left him and he lives in squalor, sitting in a darkened room with the TV constantly blaring. None of his friends come around anymore.
Many people have been brainwashed into looking forward to retirement and envision it as endless golf and pleasure. What they need to understand is that retirement signals the end of your useful life. Without wanting to sound too harsh about it, the only milestone after retirement is your death.
Having a job gives you something to live for. There is plenty of time for golf and vacation when you are working. In fact, you will have more money to do those things.
Sounds like you didn’t like your job very much. That’s a shame too. Life is too short to do something you don’t like. Hopefully things work out well for your retirement but maybe you can find something low stress that you like doing.
If I wasn’t retired I couldn’t do the greatest job of my life in coaching HS baseball.
Exactly my point. You have a reason for getting up in the morning. When I say job, I’m not necessary talking about a 9 to 5 office gig. Coaching HS baseball is definitely a job.
My dad retired on disability in his early fifties. Never sleeps past 6:00am. Works his property, his garden and restores old tractors. He works more since his retirement than he did before as his job left him exhausted. He is the exception though. No alcohol or drugs though. He fixes lawn mowers for the whole neighborhood for free because he loves fixing stuff.
That is good.
I loved my job! I worked for myself. I don’t want to work anymore. Would rather spend time on our boat either docked or sailing. Come and go as I please. Pretty simple.
God bless her.
He thought, for a while, about opening a fixit shop. But decided it was more ‘fun’ if he didn’t HAVE to do it every day. BTW, his disability was NOT govt disability. And he and mom saved 99c of every $ he made when he was working so they’re not on any FSA checks right now. It’s a good thing they were so frugal. I could tell stories about their frugality. I’ll give you one though. When he had his massive MI and very nearly died (heart surgeon told him if he’d EVER smoked he’d have died from it, dad was too cheap to spend $$ on cigs) the emergency staff cut his clothes off when he came in. One of his favorite sets of work coveralls too. He made them SAVE the little strips of fabric in a bag and when I came to visit him he asked if I could sew them back together for him. LOL.
Good for your dad that he was able to stay active, regardless of his disability. Staying busy definitely has its merits.
If you’ll pardon my pointing it out, it doesn’t sound as if your father is particularly disabled.
Her internal beauty shines through. What an amazing lady. May God continue to bless her!
My late mom’s cousin is 106 and never touched wine. Guess she has eaten chocolate over the years. My mom died in January, 2007 and would have been 103 in April of that year. She sure never touched wine. Many of my ancestors lived until they were in their 90’s even those born in the early 1800’s..
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