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Health and Life of Ten Supercentenarian Women

By July 18, 2017 Adventures, Food, General, Health & Beauty, Home

It sounds incredible when you hear about someone living near or over 100 years of age. That’s a very long life compared to average age of people now days. According to a research health-related behaviors and genetics play a big role in longevity. People who reach age 100 or over are called centenarians and when a centenarian reaches the age of 110 or over, he or she is called a supercentenarian.  Only one in thousands of centenarians would live longer than 110. It is interesting to know that over 85% of the supercentenarians are women and most Centenarians are short in height. But it is not clear why more females live longer. A few researches suggest the difference of longevity between males and females is due to difference in height.  Men average about 8.0% taller than woman.

“My 80s were the best years of my life!” — Besse Cooper, 116

According to Dr. Thomas Perls, professor of medicine at Boston Medical Center, women are better able to deal with disease; they can develop an ailment but can survive and live for a long time, while men are more at risk to death from disease. So men who live over 100 years have to be much healthier to survive at extreme old age.

Perls said, “At any one time in the U.S., there are about 70 supercentenarians alive.” Researchers have discovered that people reaching 100 tend to fight age related illness better than the younger people who die because of these diseases. Supercentenarians not only live longer, they live healthier too, even though many of them spend a normal life eating whatever they want and not exercising regularly.  Smoking and drinking is also part of life for many.

According to researchers, some of the supercentenarians have never even seen a doctor.  A 2006 study revealed that around 41% of the supercentenarians were independent or required minimal assistance.  Some took meds for hypertension; few had diabetes or had survived cancer.

 

“One large long-term study of people over 100 years old shows centenarians share many traits, tendencies and traditions, even when living oceans apart.” – Alanna Glassman, Chatelaine, Sept. 11, 2014

Various researchers have identified certain genes that are common to most centenarians, but no one has identified one or more genes that a majority of extremely long-lived individuals (107 and over) have in common.

“The truth is that there isn’t any secret to longevity. It’s just about taking good care of yourself by staying active, killing all of the assassins, and eating healthy. You do that, and who knows? You might live as long as I have!” –Janette Clarendon, 109

Below is a list of ten supercentenarian women and facts about their long life-how they lived for over a century and what the secrets were to their longevity.

Jeanne Calment

 

Jeanne Calment, a French woman is known as the world’s oldest person who made it a few months over age 122 and died in 1997. In her last few years she was described in the news media as “doyenne of humanity”. An interesting fact about her was that she gave up her habit of 2 cigarettes a day only because she could not see well enough to light up her cigarettes and did not want to ask others to do it for her. Answering a question about secret to her long life, she said “God must have forgotten me”. She used to ride a bicycle until age 100 and ate over 2 pounds of chocolate every week. At age 115 she fractured two bones by falling. Her memory also began to fail. She was born in 1875 before the inventions of automobile, light bulb and airplanes. She was a short woman with height of only 4’ 11. She outlived her husband, their only son and the only grandson too.

Emma Morano

Emma Morano, an Italian woman, was the last verified person who was born in 1800’s and had seen 3 centuries. Born on Nov. 29, 1899, she believed the secret to her long life was eating 3 eggs a day, 2 of them raw for over 90 years, living a single life for many years and genetics. Emma Morano was the eldest of her siblings. Her mother and several sisters had a long life too but they all passed away before her.  She got married in 1926, had her only child in 1937 but he died after a few months.  A year later Morano left her abusive husband and lived a single life. She passed away while sitting on a rocking chair peacefully at age 117.

Violet Mosses Brown

Violet Mosses Brown, a Jamaican woman is believed to be the oldest woman alive at age 117 and first ever verified supercentenarian from Jamaica.  She was born in March, 1900. She doesn’t believe there is a secret formula for her long life but hard work, love for church and people led her to a long happy life. Violet Brown still lives in the same house she was born in. She eats what she wants but avoids pork and chicken. Brown does not suffer from any illnesses except mild deafness.  In an interview she said “I live by the grace of God and I am proud of my age!”

Adele Dunlap

Adele Dunlap was the oldest American woman living in New Jersey, died at age 114.  She was born on Dec 12, 1902. She was survived by two sons, six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Dunlap didn’t feel any difference being the oldest American person. Adele Dunlap would often tell she was a decade younger when asked about her age.  She didn’t have a particular diet, ate anything she wanted and smoked a part of her life. Adele Dunlap was a teacher to third graders for five years.  After that she got married, became a housewife and raised her own children, two boys and a girl. When Adele was 87, in 1989, she moved to live with one of her son’s family. She was able to drive a car until she was 89. At age 99, she moved to a nursing home. She was wheel chaired at age 110 but was able to still walk with a walker. At that time, her eyesight was good enough to read, however her hearing was poor.

Dr. Leila Denmark

“Pizza is going to support a whole generation of cardiologists!” — Dr. Leila Denmark, 114

Dr. Leila Denmark was the oldest known practicing pediatrician when she retired at age 103. She was born in Georgia and grew up on a farm.  She was the third of her eleven siblings. She was a science teacher in high school for two years before she enrolled at the medical college of Georgia. Dr. Denmark was the only woman in the class of 52 students according to National Library of Medicine biography. She was an amazing pediatrician; parents claimed she could tell what was wrong with the child just by looking at them. In 1932, when many babies died of whooping cough, Dr. Denmark helped develop a successful vaccine. She had a book written in 1971 “Every Child should have a Chance”. Dr. Leila Denmark’s secret to longevity was drinking only water, not eating refined sugars and having proteins and vegetables with every meal.  Practicing was her passion; she admitted if she could live it again, she would do the same thing.

Nabi Tajima

Nabi Tajima is the 2nd oldest woman living in the world and oldest woman in Japan. She said “eating delicious things” was her secret to long life. Her diet is rice mackerel sushi, ramen noodles and beef stew. Nabi Tajima also said, “You have to learn to relax, eat and sleep to get a good long life.” Nabi Tajima had 9 children and has even seen her great-great-great grandchildren.  As of September 2015, Tajima has over 140 descendants.

Sarah Knauss

Sarah Knauss died in her sleep, sitting peacefully on her favorite chair at age 119, making her one of the oldest person of the world. According to her great -great granddaughter she was very generous, humorous and always smiled.  She thought it was humorous to live that long and told joke for how long she will live. She was born September 24, 1880 and died just 2 days before her third century.  Her height was even smaller than most other supercentenarians, 4’ 7. During her interview in 1998, replying to a question regarding her long life Knauss said to keep busy, work hard and don’t worry about how old you are. As a seamstress, she always made her own clothes.  She had no known illness at time of death other than being almost totally deaf.  She was so old that she lived to see her great-great-great-grandchildren.

Delphine Gibson

Delphine Gibson is 113 years old supercentenarians, born in South Carolina on August 17, 1903. She is currently the oldest of the seven verified American supercentenarians alive. Her spouse is not alive anymore and has a son in his 90’s.  She credits her longevity to having faith in God. Gibson enjoys Southern food and taking naps. Gibson also enjoys singing and humming. She became blind a few years after her husband’s death and was granted a handicapped parking space for her and her caretaker. To honor Delphine’s 112th birthday, the whole week was announced as “Delphine Gibson week” by the mayor of Huntingdon.

Elizabeth Bolden

Elizabeth Bolden, also known as “Lizzie” was born on August 15, 1890 and was 116 of age at time of death. She suffered a stroke in 2004 and spoke very little after that until she died in 2006. She was rarely seen in public as she was unable to communicate -according to her family.  When asked about her long living secrets in an interview, she said “I don’t know”.   John Bolden, Lizzie’s eldest grandson said, “she was the sweetest grandmother.” She had a sharp memory until towards the end and was fond of lollipops and ice cream.

Elizabeth Bolden worked with her husband and did only one job all her life. She worked as a cropper and tenant farmer, hand picked cotton in autumn months.  Lizzie had very little education, she could barely read or write.

Elizabeth Bolden had 40 grandchildren, 75 great-grandchildren, 150 great-great-grandchildren, 220 great-great-great-grandchildren and 75 great-great-great-great-grandchildren.

Veronica Forstner

Veronica Forstner lived from May 3, 1905 to September 29, 2015. The 112 year old supercentenarian had a wonderful life till the end with fewer health issues.  She got the newspaper daily, watched television and attended church every Sunday at the nursing home she was living at. Just like most other supercentenarians, her vision was fine, but hearing was not so good. She spent most of her life being a farmer’s wife, living outskirts of New Ulm. When asked about her longevity, she chuckled – “sleeping a lot.” Forstner had 39 grandchildren, 70 great-grandchildren and 35 great-great- grandchildren.

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the post. It’s very interesting to know how people lived a very long life.  Have any questions or comments?  Please share below.

 

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How to Get Services Done for $5

By June 8, 2017 General, Home, How to

Fiverr.com is the website where you can get freelance services done for $5. Some of the services provided are Creative services, IT helpers, Video professionals, Writers, Business consultants, social media marketing, logo makers, and lots more.It’s easy to sign up on the website and get started. You can request the services you want and sellers will contact you with offers or you can browse sellers on your own.

A service on Fiverr.com is called a gig. There are many active users on Fiverr.com from all over the world. Many sellers have great reviews so when you are looking for a service, you can read reviews left by other buyers and be satisfied that many have already tried that seller and he/she is perfect for the work you need done.

Paying for your services is also secure. You don’t have to worry about paying the seller directly. Just create an account on Fiverr.com and set up  your secure PayPal info. You’ll have to purchase a gig before the work is done. But the seller doesn’t get paid until you approve the work. So there is no risk of wasting your money.

Click on the image below to visit the website and sign up today!
Fiverr.com- Get things done!

 

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Six Healthy Smoothies that will Help you Lose Weight

By June 8, 2017 Food, General, Health & Beauty, Home

Who doesn’t like smoothies? Blend together some fruits, veggies, yogurt, and some liquid; add your favorite sweetener and ice -you made yourself a wonderful glass of smoothie.

Smoothies are quick to make and easy to consume. If prepared properly it can help you boost energy and lose weight quickly and it won’t let you starve.

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite smoothie recipes. I hope you’ll enjoy them too. These recipes will not only boost your metabolism but help in flushing toxins and losing weight.

1. Watermelon and Carrot Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup seeded watermelon
  • ½ teaspoon cumin powder
  • A pinch of Himalayan pink salt

How to Prepare:

Blend the carrot and watermelon in a blender.
Pour the smoothie in a glass.
Add pinch of Himalayan pink salt and cumin powder.
Stir well and drink.

2. Green Fruits and Veggie Smoothie

 Ingredients:

  • 1/2 handful Spinach or your favorite leafy greens
  • 1/4 Cucumber
  • 1/2 Avocado
  • 2 sprigs of Fresh Mint
  • 1 stalk of celery
  • 1 Kiwifruit
  • 1/2 of apple
  • 1 cup Water
  • Squirt of lemon

 How to Prepare:

Blend everything in a blender until smooth. Enjoy the healthy drink.

3.  Beetroot and Black Grape Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup chopped beetroot
  • 1 cup black grapes
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • A handful of mint leaves

How to Prepare:

Toss the chopped beetroot, black grapes, and mint leaves into a blender and blend well. Mix in the lime juice.

4.  Mango, Spinach and Yogurt Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup mango
  • ½ handful spinach
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 cup water

How to Prepare:

Blend mango yogurt and spinach. Add water, honey and ice. Blend again for few seconds to combine everything.

5. Granola and Banana Strawberry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4th cup granola
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 cup greek yogurt
  • 2 tbsp raw nuts

How to Prepare:

Blend all the amazing ingredients together. Add some honey (optional) for more sweetness.  This low calorie drink will suppress hunger and provide nutrients.

6. Strawberry, Spinach, and Cinnamon Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • ½ cup strawberries
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ cup water

How to Prepare:

Blend the spinach and strawberries with water. Pour in a glass and mix in the cinnamon.

This is a great smoothie for losing weight as the cinnamon helps reduce cholesterol and inflammation and strawberries and spinach help prevent obesity.

 

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Find a Cheap Flight to Your Next Adventure Spot

By May 21, 2017 Adventures, General, Home, Travel


As the weather is getting warmer and schools are near the end of the year. Most of us are planning for some adventurous summer.  As you plan your next adventure trip, although, it seems difficult but you want to stay within budget as much as possible.

There is always a lot of competition between airlines.  We are always looking to save some money here and there especially want to grab some great deals on airline tickets so we can spend more on the fun stuff. Below are a few tips to follow when you’re looking to purchase an airline ticket, book a hotel or even renting a car.

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Avoid to Travel near Major Holidays

There are certain days, or time of year when the prices of airlines go higher or lower. If you’re traveling few days before New Year’s day, Christmas or Fourth of July etc. then you are most likely to face high fares. It’s a lot cheaper to travel after a major holiday.

Travel on Weekdays

Traveling during the week is cheaper than weekend. Same with the timings, flying late at night or early morning is cheaper because not everyone likes to travel late at night or early morning.

Plan Your Trip Early

Start your search as early as possible. Most airlines release tickets about 11 months in advance. But don’t book your flight that early. Keep an eye on the tickets for your destination and search at least once a week to grab the best deal.  Best time to purchase is at least 6 to 8 weeks before traveling.

Choose Budget Airlines

Fly budget airlines, you have to face a few layovers and change of planes but it will cost you a lot less and if you’re traveling for adventure you can enjoy the stay for few hours at different airports or get a pass to go out and explore the nearby attractions.

Take Advantage of Student Discounts

Some travel sites provide discounts for students or under age 26. Take advantage of that and ask for student discounts.

 Avoid Fees for Extra Luggage

Avoid over the limit luggage, most airlines charge extra if you have more luggage than allowed.

Delete Your Search History

Delete your cookies/history as some airlines save cookies and are tracking your search data, which may lead to higher prices for returning customers searching for a specific flight.

Join a frequent flyer program

It’s free to join and you’ll earn points towards cheaper fares, upgrades, and free companion tickets. Even if you don’t travel often, it doesn’t hurt to join the program and eventually add up your points especially if you’re going on a longer flight.

Search in Different Search Engines

Search in different search engines and websites to look for the lowest deals before you book your flight.

Use Different Airlines to Travel

Sometimes choosing different airlines for departure and returning on a different airline is a lot cheaper than booking a flight on the same airline both ways.

 

 

 

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Five Best Personalized Gift Ideas

By May 13, 2017 General, Home

I adore surprise gifts, they are a perfect way to see a big smile on your loved ones face. If the gift is personalized it makes you feel even more special.

I wonder who came up with the idea of putting your name or initials even a special message or date on the gifts. (You can tell, it’s something I didn’t Google yet) It was an amazing thought which is very popular even today and may possibly always be.

These unique gifts are a treasure, especially the little kids love to see their pictures or names on their favorite toy or books and blankets etc.

Today I’ m going to share some of my favorite personalized or custom gifts with you that are sure to put a big smile on your loved ones. Mostly when I think of giving gifts, personalized gifts is my first choice, especially for my little nephews, my mom and dad.  I enjoy finding the perfect gift for any occasion.

Personalized Mugs

I know you’ve probably heard this one a lot but it is an awesome gift anyone would enjoy. Personalized mugs are loved by anyone. You can customize them anyway you like. Put a funny message, or write name on the mug or add photo, even put your own design at some of the custom gifts sites. It is a perfect gift for teachers, grandma and mother’s day or father’s day.

Personalized Pillows

These personalized pillows are amazing gifts for little kids. Put their name, birthday, name of their favorite toy or picture on beautiful pillows and you’ll see them wanting to take them anywhere they go.  There are many sites that have unique choices of personalizing pillows. It is not only a gift great for kids and babies but also for adults.

Personalized T-Shirts

Personalized T-shirts are very popular gifts. They have a vast variety of personalizing or customizing them your way. T-shirt gifts are enjoyed by all ages.  You can put a funny message on the t-shirt, or make it unique for the birthday girl, or birthday boy. I’m sure you’ll have many more ideas for creating these unique gifts that are perfect for grandma, grandpa, and baby, kids of any age and even mom and dad.

Personalized Jewelry

Personalized Jewelry is loved by all women and girls. A very unique way to show your love. She will adore this gift forever.  Jewelry can be personalized with initials, or name of your loved one with pictures or a unique message. A beautiful jewelry box will be a great gift too.  Any way you personalize it, she will be amazed by your gift.  You’ll also find some sites that carry customized jewelry for men .

Personalized Kids & Baby Products

There are many options for baby and kids -customization or personalized gifts.  To me they are all adorable, personalized toys, piggy banks, little baby blankets, a keepsake box, t-shirts, bibs, night light- you name it. You can buy any baby product. It will be an amazing gift.  Another wonderful gift for a kid is putting name on their backpack. Kids love to see their names on things they own. And trust me you’ll receive a lot of comments for that backpack.

These are just a few items I mentioned above. I’ll come back with more in a few days. Do let me know which one is your favorite.

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