Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Gwen Weiss-Numeroff
Publisher: Agio Publishing House
“Reaching 100 doesn’t necessarily mean physical or mental disability, nor does it mean, in some cases, retirement. These people are helping to redefine aging in new and inspirational ways,” Gwen Weiss-Numeroff states in her book, Extraordinary Centenarians in America – Their secrets to living a long vibrant life.
At two hundred and twenty seven pages, this paperback book depicts photographs of many aged Americans on the front cover. Black and white photographs of the individual with a past memory photograph are included on the six to ten pages dedicated to each of the thirty extraordinary citizens. Along with charts of each ones’ lifestyle that covers their general health, if they smoked or drank, their nutritional habits, physical activities, current history and family, there are separate charts listing their family history of age and cause of death. At the end of the book is a chapter on conclusions why these particular people have lived so long and so well.
With over sixty-two thousand people over the age of one hundred in America today, with a ratio of five to one being women, it is the fastest growing demographic segment. These are loved ones who have been through World War II, the Great Depression and raised our parents or ourselves.
In this book, the author roams the country and has individual interviews with the oldest American at one hundred and sixteen years old who lives in Georgia to one that was first married at age ninety-nine or those having PhDs and still employed on a limited basis. Vocations range from singer, dancer, writer and teacher to realtor, factory worker, insurance agent and business women along with basketball player or golfer to name a few. With some still living on their own, driving vehicles and socializing through Facebook or visiting, they all still have a strong connection with their family and friends.
As one reads each cherished contributor, some memories are told of living on farms, never touching a smoke or drink, eating in moderate portions, always keeping busy and having the most common mantra of “I go with the tide.” At the end of the book, there are suggestions and comparisons of this aged generation to our current day society, reminding us that genetics, a healthy lifestyle of eating, exercising and mental stimulation, having purpose and humanity, and being connected to family play a big part in our longevity.
The next time you feel aged or old, open this book and you will be blessed to remember you can still possibly change your longevity through taking care of your body, having a healthy mindset and keeping in touch with loved ones.
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