Jessie Gallan, the oldest woman in Scotland, celebrated her 108th birthday on January 2. Gallan was born on a farm, in a tiny two-room cottage, and then went on to work at a hotel that was visited by the Queen and the Queen Mother during her time on staff there. Her tip to lead such a long, healthy life has nothing to do with kale or anti-aging cream. She told the Daily Mail, “My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth.” Oh, and porridge. “I also made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married.” Great tip, Jessie! [Daily Mail UK]
A new, convincing (albeit small) study in the journal Nature Neuroscience has shown that a chemical called flavanols extracted from cocoa beans can reverse age-related memory loss. The participants, aged 50 to 69, drank powdered cocoa flavanols mixed with milk or water and took memory tests. The group that took a higher dose of flavanols showed speed in memory and cognition that would reflect a 30-year reversal. Keep reading »
“What’s great about 60 is you are through with the bullshit — it means you are really and truly through. Now, Camille Cosby had told me at 40 that happens, but 40 you’re still … in the race, you’re still competitive. And at 50, you’re still like, ‘Do I need to?’ 60? You are chilled. You are chilled, and you have nothing to prove, and you can sit above that perch with a sense of knowing that you are who you want to be, inside and out, and it’s good. Life is good. 60 and a week, baby!”
I’ve long been a believer in Oprah’s awesomeness, but she said it even better herself at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival when she was asked about her recent 60th birthday. Good news! Some day you will no longer give a fuck. That sounds pretty damn glorious to me. Somebody sign me up for this “aging” stuff. Oprah also mentioned how lucky she felt to even reach 60 at all when so many people’s lives are cut short far too soon. She is one classy lady. [People]
“I’d like to think that I can age as naturally as possible. I don’t want to come out condemning anything anybody does, because I think that all of these things can contribute to making people feel better about themselves, and that’s great. But I also want to look like myself. I mean, we’re not going to live forever. I feel like I’d like to be 90. I’d like to be 100. I may not be lucky enough to have that happen. But, boy, I’m going to try.”
Julianne Moore, who has been outspoken about her aversion to Botox and cosmetic surgery in the past, clarifies her feelings about aging naturally in an interview with online magazine The Edit. At 53, she looks as stunningly gorgeous as ever, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she does live to be 100 (and still looks about 40). [The Edit]
It was recently brought to my attention that age 28 is often a big, crazy, life-changing year for people. Reasons range from Saturn return to cell turnover to psychological development to societal expectations, but I’m not as interested in the specific explanation as I am in people’s unique experiences at this age. The vast majority of my friends tell me 28 marked a huge shift in their lives, their relationships, their careers, living situations, etc. A very unscientific Twitter poll I conducted yielded similar responses. Anecdotally, at least, it seems that 28 is kind of a big deal.
I’m almost halfway through my 28th year and damn, has this been true for me. I moved across the country, dealt with/am dealing with some intense family transitions, lost and gained some very close friends, and feel like I’m on a path of self growth and acceptance that is simultaneously scary and rewarding.
I’d love to hear about what 28 was like for you. Was it challenging, empowering, horrible, wonderful, liberating, enraging, intense, or wholly forgettable? Please indulge my curiosity and share your experience in the comments!
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