“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”  Hilary Cooper

Ever been to a nursing home?  It makes you wonder why anyone would want to live to be a hundred.  As a society we are constantly bombarded with information on how to live a long time. What about a long life filled with gusto? I often wonder what the point would be to be a hundred years old and confined to a wheel chair.  Medical Insurance help keep us healthy. We even get free yearly well care check ups even if we have a High Deductible Health Plan. We also pay the health insurance premiums so that in case something awful happens to our health we at least won’t have to declare bankruptcy.  Senior plans such as Medicare deliver medical care at an affordable price to folks who are no longer working. Are you sure you are on the right plan?  Insurance Medics will provide you with Health Insurance Quotes at no charge.  All of this health care is so that we may live long lives.

There are three places in the world where people live the longest. Sardinia, Italy, specifically the town of Ovodda, has some of the longest lived people on the planet. 1,700 souls live in Ovodda and five of them are centenarians.  Even the rocks are old dating from the Palaeozoic Era (up to 500 million years old).  Okinawa, Japan has a population of one million and 900 of them are centenarians.  The third place is Loma Lindo, California whe re a large number of its citizens are Seventh Day Adventist.  Seventh Day Adventist’s live between five and 10 years longer than the rest of us.

Some of the reasons researchers think the people in these three places live so long are very interesting.  In Ovodda and Okinawa people have friends forever. They socialize together.  A group of women in Okinawa have been friends for 95 years. There is a belief among people who study longevity that isolation kills.  The diets of both societies are mainly plant based with the people on Okinawa eating a lot of Tofu. They also have some other things in common.  They do not exercise!  Instead they walk almost everywhere and live a lifestyle that encourages physical activity. They continue to work. And almost all of them have a garden. Their culture also has a great deal of respect for the wisdom that aging brings.  For many of those living in Loma Lindo a long life is a matter of faith. “Living a spiritual life seems to have an impact on longer life,” says Dr. Gary Fraser, who is researching the community.  Also from Dr. Fraser in BBC News “At this moment we don’t really know that but there’s been one interesting fact that’s been known now for 20 or 30 years and that is that people that go to church regularly – whatever faith they have – live longer and there’s no question about that.”

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