Secrets to a long life

Is it good genes or good habits that lead to a long life? None


  • 98-years-old
  • Married 53 years
  • Key to a long life: "You've gotta keep going.  If you don't exercise and I don't mean extreme but you have to keep moving or you'll quit."
  • Greatest accomplishment: "Raising four daughters I think that's been the greatest thing that's happened to me"
  • Smoking: "I never have smoked in my life"
  • Alcohol:  "Every Monday and Friday we group together about seven of us and we can kill two bottles of wine."
  • Hobbies: "I love reading history"
  • Advice to others:  "Living with people is one of the best pieces of advice.  Don't try to be a loner."
  • "It's been a great life"


John discusses the perks of living for 98 years and what has kept him going. None



  • Turns 101 in November
  • Married 43 years
  • Key to a long life:  "I have a wonderful family and that has helped me a lot.  I've got 13 great-grandchildren."
  • Alcohol:  "Moderation"
  • Hobbies:  "Right now I do knitting."  She also does jigsaw puzzles to help keep her mind sharp.
  • Advice to others:  "Probably more to see."


Watch: Fern discusses her family and how they've helped her life None



  • Turns 101 in June
  • Married 57 years
  • Key to a long life:  Good food and being active.  Her father was a chef.  "We had very good food!"
  • Alcohol:  "Coming from a family born in France we had wine in our home. I love a nice glass of wine at dinner."
  • Hobbies:  She loves to get outdoors for for exercises. When she was younger she loved, "Skiing, canoeing, bicycling, roller skating, ice-skating. Anything!"
  • Advice to others:  "You must remember God is always looking after you."
  • To keep her mind sharp:  "I am not on the Internet but I have an IBM typewriter.  I still use that typewriter!"


Watch: Jean gives a tip on how to live a 'deliciously' long life None



  • Turns 99 on Aug 13
  • Married 62 years
  • Key to a long life:  Having three older sisters
  • Smoking:  His sisters smoked.  "I was the only one in the family that didn't."
  • Advice to others.  "Don't look back, something might be gaining on you."
  • Alcohol: Wine or sometimes beer "People know that they can come down to my apartment and get beer or wine anytime.  It's free flowing!"
  • Faith:  "I found that helping others is sort of a faith and I've been volunteering ever since I retired."
  • Hobbies:  His recent hobby is watercolors.  "I just fell in love with it. Not just the painting but the women I was painting with!"  He also likes to travel and has been all over the country.  "If someone says go, I go!"
  • Marital advice: "Learn how to shut your mouth"


WATCH: Jack gives advice on what it takes to live a great life None


Eloise Rushforth

  • 100 years old
  • "I had 3 wonderful marriages"
  • Key to a long life:  "I'd say everything in moderation... if you live right, drink a little, dance a little, eat a little and do all those things well life will be good to you." 
  • Alcohol:  "At 5 o'clock every afternoon I have a cocktail.  In the winter time I drink scotch and water.  We drink gin in the afternoon."
  • Faith:  "I'm faithful to the Lord for all his done for me."
  • What would you tell people who want to be like you and live to be 100?  "I'd tell them to go for it!  If you want to live to 101 just get busy.  Live a good life and make it all right!"
  • Hobbies:  Listening to music and playing the organ.  "It's a good pastime. If you don't know music or haven't studied music you can still entertain yourself very well."
  • "I'm amazed that I've lived so long"


Eloise tells us what it takes to have a long, successful life. None



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