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If this is your first visit, welcome! This site is devoted to my life experiences as a Filipino-American who immigrated from the Philippines to the United States in 1960. I came to the US as a graduate student when I was 26 years old. I am now in my early-80's and thanks God for his blessings, I have four successful and professional children and six grandchildren here in the US. My wife and I had been enjoying the snow bird lifestyle between US and Philippines after my retirement from USFDA in 2002. Please do not forget to read the latest national and International News in this site . I have also posted some of my favorite Filipino and American dishes and recipes in this site. Some of the photos and videos in this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on infringing on your copyrights. Cheers!
Monday, April 13, 2015
Aging Gracefully and Secrets to Longevity
I was watching a CNN special report the other day hosted by Dr Sanji Gupta on the subject of longevity. The show discussed some common activities of people from all parts of the world who are 90 years old or older. It was discussed that being active, good diet ( less meat more vegetables),a purpose in life, feeling of belonging, faith in God, and clean living ( less stress, no smoking) are some of the factors why people reached the ripe age of 90 or older.
I ask myself what is my chance of reaching 90 years old or older based on the facts discussed above. The answer is I really do not know. I am now 80 years old and If I continue my current lifestyle, I believe and hope I will still be active when I turned 90 years old in 2025.
<My youngest grand daughter, Carenna Katague Thompson, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
First, I have a purpose why I want to live longer. I hope and pray to God I will live to see my youngest grand daughter graduate in College. My youngest grand daughter will be 12 years old next month (above photo).
Second, I try to maintain an active life both physically( walking and light gardening) and mentally ( writing, reading and computer bridge/games).
Third, I tried to eat balance meals, less meat and more seafood products,fruits and vegetables and a glass of red wine daily( no more or less).
Fourth, I practice the Art of Laughter which is not only the best medicine, but it prolongs life according to the above report.
Last but not least, I have Faith in God, and surrounded by loving relatives and friends.
The following is a short video of a woman's secret to longevity.
If you are over 80 and reading this, may I have the pleasure of meeting you and share with me your secrets of longevity.