Centenarian Secrets to a Longer Life

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Being 100 years old is quite the accomplishment. Becoming a model or setting a new cycling record at age 100 is truly incredible!

The following centenarians don’t let anything hold them back, especially their age. Take a look and see what you can learn from these centenarians.

The World-Record-Breaking Centenarian Cyclist


Robert Marchand is a retired firefighter who cycles every day. He holds the world record for fastest 100 km ride in the 100 plus category.

More recently, the French cyclist rode 14 miles in one hour. Which is the farthest anyone 100 years or older has ever ridden. After he finished his ride, he modestly said he “could have done better.”

His physiologist added, “He could have been faster but he made a big mistake. He has stopped eating meat over the past month after being shocked by recent reports on how animals are subjected to cruel treatment."

Marchand is extremely driven, humble, and has a big heart. He wants to motivate others and says he is now “waiting for a rival” to compete with. His determination seems to be what keeps him going.

The 100-Year-Old Model

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Marjorie “Bo” Gilbert was the first 100-year-old woman featured in Vogue Magazine. In celebration of Vogue’s 100th year anniversary, Bo posed for the camera.

She rocked Valentino glasses, a Dries Van Noten coat, and a Victoria Beckham blouse. Bo never lets old age get in the way of her fashion sense. She has always enjoyed dressing classy.

“I dress to suit myself, I certainly don’t dress up for the boys.” She adds.

Bo has always had a passion for fashion. She is fascinated by the new and old trends she has witnessed through the decades. Her interest in new styles and her love of clothing inspires her every day. Her passion keeps her motivated and lively even after living 100 years.

The Oldest Woman in the World

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On November 29th, 2016, Emma Morano turned 117. She is the only living person to be born in the 19th century.

Emma attributes her longevity to genetics and a daily diet of two raw eggs and one cooked egg for most of her life. She also says her independence is a major contributing factor.

She left an abusive marriage in 1938 and never remarried. Emma wanted to take control of her life and to “not be dominated by anyone.”

Good genes, a strong sense of independence, and plenty of eggs is working well for Emma. Take a look at what other centenarians have to say.

Senior Advice from Centenarians

Frieda Falk, born November 1911. When Frieda was 8 years old, her father passed away. She had to help her mother care for her two younger brothers. She attributes her long life to having so much responsibility at a young age.

Frieda’s advice: “Learn new things. It makes you happy and keeps your mind active.”

Haruto Ito, born April 1912. Haruto was born on the day the Titanic sank. He says he had a good life with his family, friends and work. He owned a restaurant and worked 14 hours a day, 6 days a week.

Haruto’s advice: “Sleep well, try not to worry, and enjoy good dreams.”

Lili Rudin, born July 1912. Lili left school when she was 12 to travel the world. She said that she gained all her education from her life abroad. Lili has always been interested in people and goes out every day to socialize. She visits her family regularly and takes exercise classes.

Lili’s advice: “Do something interesting every day; otherwise, you will disintegrate.”

Justina Sotomayer, born May 1913. Justina’s family gives her meaning. They are the most important part of her life. She gives them much love and affection, and attributes her long life to raising her kids.

Justina’s Advice: “Be lovable. I’ve lived a long life because there are so many people who love me.”

What do the Scientists Say?

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Scientists have been searching for a long time to see what causes the lucky few of us to live past 100. Finding something that works for everyone is challenging. Every person is different and does what they think is best for them.

Are there any underlying traits that centenarians share? There is no one answer, but they do have some ideas.

Centenarian investigator, Dan Buettner, studies regions with high numbers of centenarians. He says that centenarians tend to have moderate diets and a strong sense of community. But, what is the most important thing that all centenarians share? A great personality.

Buettner says, “Every main principle investigator [of a centenarian study] will say it's hard to measure likability, but the grumps seem to die out.”

Enjoy Your Senior Years, and Live Your Life

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Many people think that there is not much excitement in your older years. This doesn’t seem to be the case with these Centenarians.

They have lived 100 fulfilling years and continue to do great things. By listening to their stories and advice, we can gain insight into what has led to their long lives.

Be friendly to others, don’t live in excess, and be happy. You don’t have to go for a bike ride every day or force yourself to eat eggs each morning. Do what suits you best. Not all of us will live to be 100, but we can all enjoy the time we share on this world together.