Jiroemon Kimura
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            In case you haven’t heard the world’s oldest man celebrated his birthday on Thursday where he turned 115 years old.  Just to give you some perspective on the importance this; Mr. Kimura is the only man alive born in 1897.  Now I don’t know about you, but to me that’s pretty impressive.  What is more impressive though is his physical and mental state.  Mr. Kimura enjoys reading the paper, watching political debates and enjoying his family.  According to him, the key to living a long life is eating small meals, three times a day of red bean cake and rice.

            Mr. Kimura worked for the post office for forty years and then farmed until he was 90.  He has a large family which includes his 7 children, 15 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren; some of which he has outlived.  He is one of only 70 super centenarians (living to be 110 or older) still living today.  How can you not admire a man that has lived almost two lifetimes and is still going strong?   Now Mr. Kimura is not the oldest person in the world that title belong to Besse Cooper of Georgia.


Bess Cooper
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Besse Cooper was born in 1896 in Tennessee.  She celebrated her 115th birthday on August 26.  Ms. Cooper believes the secret to long life is minding your own business and staying away from junk food.  This should be a wakeup call for most people who have a difficult time doing both.  We should all pay attention to this lady, she may have something here.  Bess has four children, 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

            As a young woman, Besse Cooper worked as a school teacher between Tennessee and Georgia.  Although Ms. Cooper is not that active any more her mind is still very sharp.  She will be the first to tell you that she has her good days and her bad days but she is still here.

            If you can take anything from these two centenarians take this:

  1.  Eat Healthy.  Our society is overrun by bad eating habits and fast food.  Many people’s lives are so busy they don’t have a chance to get a healthy meal.  Plan ahead and prepare your meals so that you are eating better.  This seems to be the secret for many people over 100.
  2. Stay Active.  Continue to engage in activity like taking a walk daily, volunteering for a good cause, and socializing with others.  These simple deeds help to keep the mind active and the body healthy.
  3. Live Life to the Fullest.  Whatever aspirations that you have in life, go for them.  Nobody lays on their death bed wishing they had worked harder on their jobs; they always think about the things they didn’t do like seeing the world, spending more time with their children or that one great adventure were too afraid to take a chance and experience.  Do it now and do it often so there are no regrets.

I love these two wonderful people because they are in a place that we should all strive to get to.  They have lived to be over 100 years old, still cognizant of their lives and able share with others how to they got there.  To me, that’s pretty amazing!