Living to 110 and Being Energized with ‘Joy of Life’

 Jane Gray Shows How To Stay Young With Energy While Growing Older

 I read in the newspaper about an amazing woman from Sydney who is turning 110 years young and is thought to be the oldest independently living person in Australia.

Jane seems to have the recipe for a long and fulfilling life. Some of the things I discovered from reading about her were:

  • She had a  happy marriage of 60 years, having migrated to Australia from Scotland with her husband in 1927.
  • She is appreciated and loved by her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who shared in her birthday celebration. Some came from as far away as Scotland.
  • She contributes to others by knitting teddy bears for Legacy and hospital patients

“I don’t drink booze and I don’t smoke,” she said. “I remember being young inScotland, going to balls and dances and meeting my husband. My favourite memory was when my babies came to me.”

Sense of Humour

Jane also has a good sense of humour –  in one article she was quoted as having said she’d ‘do the highland fling if it wasn’t so cold and her legs could keep up’. Imagine still wanting to do the Highland Fling at 110 years old.

 Jane’s photo reflects her years, and I’m sure she had her fair share of challenges and struggle, but also reflects her indomitable spirit and joy of life. She is to be congratulated on creating a long and happy life. She has seen six monarchs on the British throne  and has received more than one official letter from the Queen.

How sad it is that living beyond 100 is the exception rather than the norm, and that in later years many don’t have the quality of life they deserve.

Independent Living

You may have noticed in the text above the words ‘independently living’. This means Jane doesn’t live in an institution, hospital or nursing home. She still lives with her family. I believe this is one of the keys to her longevity.

Joyce Skinner Poetry Book - 'Oh Gawd, I'm 80'

Joyce Skinner Poetry Book - 'Oh Gawd, I'm 80'

Joyce Skinner, 80+ years young

I know another lady who seems to have found the key to feeling young at an advanced age. This is Joyce Skinner, and I had the privilege of helping her publish  her poetry book called ‘Oh Gawd, I’m Eighty’. Her poems are outrageous and funny, and within a few weeks of getting it printed she sold more than 100 books.  Others want to read her poetry because it makes them laugh, and so keeps them feeling younger too. Laughter is one of the keys to youth. 

Joyce has been married to Mac for more than 60 years. She doesn’t try to look younger than her years, as you can see by the cover of her book, she is just herself, and her ‘energized age’ is young.  She might easily reach 100 or more the way she is going.

A Determination to Feel Young While Growing Older

I believe it is possible to feel young while growing older and most of it comes from a determination to do so.  The body has the ability to heal itself, and no matter how much doctors and scientists try to prove to us that certain illnesses and ailments are incurable there is evidence every day of incurable conditions being cured. And I mean really cured, not just the ‘remission’ that we are told is the acceptable term.

Life Expectancy Vs Quality of Life

The power of the mind over the body is incredible. Life expectancy  in Australia is on the increase, and reached 81.5 years in 2009. 
The Sad News

However, at the same time, in 2001 the figures showed that drug induced deaths, both from suicide and accidental overdose, increased after the age of 75. I hate to put a negative slant on my post, because I like to be uplifting and energizing, but I have to say that the number of drugs prescribed for people over the age of 50 or 60 is on the increase. The slightest blip in bone density, cholesterol levels, blood pressure etc has doctors running to their drug list, and as soon as the person is on one medication it quickly leads to another and another and another to counteract side effects.

 ‘Because of the pharmacological interactions between different drugs, using a mixture of drugs is more likely to result in adverse health effects, including death, than use of a single type of drug. For example, alcohol increases the effects of some drugs, and was present in 18% of accidental drug-induced deaths as a contributing factor, rather than as the drug that ultimately caused the death.’  ABS Report 

Don Tolman (the whole food man – dontolman.com) says there are no such things as ‘side effects’, only ‘effects’.  In other words all medications have their effect on the body.   He advocates eating whole raw foods as much as possible to keep the body in balance, healthy and fit (young). His ‘Farmacist’s Desk Reference’ gives a comprehensive explanation of the magical effects produced by the nutrients naturally found in whole raw foods.

The Good News

So, if you want to live to 110 and still have that all important quality of life like Jane Gray, look to natural ways to nourish and look after your body, as you do your mind, and most of all keep your sense of humou, and remember, life is really not that serious.

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Live with Energy
Joan
Visit:  http://www.confidenceiskey.com/ to find out about my latest book, ‘Confidence Is Key’  or http://www.theenergybook.com

Energize Your Life with Variety – Poetry Campfire

 Variety Is The Spice Of Life – and A Great Energizer

Sometimes life can become a little mundane and ordinary – like ‘Groundhog Day’. Then it is time to look around and do something different.

campfire to energize

A Campfire with Poetry To Energize

As a girl from the outback I’ve always loved campfires. My most memorable was out on the flat Barkly Tableland on the cattle station my friends owned – with brilliant stars above, Johnny Cakes cooked on the hot coals and fireworks to let off. The cows came in close to see what was going on, and their eyes shone in the darkness. Last Friday night was a similar event. 

Robbie and Alan - married 50 dears

Robbie and Alan - married 50 years

Organised by Dave ‘The Banjo’ Farrer (author of ‘An Australian Story or Two’ books one and two), the members of our fabulous ‘Poetry in Paradise’ club and some others sat around on logs or chairs, and took turns to recite or read poetry. There was a lot of fun and laughter – we have some classic poets in the club, and of course laughter is a great energizer too.

Roger the Dodger even had a trophy – a mini one, with a pixie standing on a piece of granite.

Roger and Ted Skuse

Roger presents Ted with the trophy for best poetry presentation

He had his own criteria for the judging, and presented the pixie to someone who recited his own poetry – a newbie to the group, Ted Skuse.

It turned out Ted and I had something in common – not just the fact that we both like writing and presenting poetry, but that we lived in Australia’s Northern Territory at the same time. He was in Alice Springs and I was 500 kms north in Tennant Creek.

But back to the energy. What an energized mob it was – sitting around that campfire and sharing our special craft. Bob Dever,  the ‘Mudgeeraba Budgerigar’ even gave us his rendition of the didgeridoo.

Alan and Robbie were celebrating their 50 years of marriage too – and they still look happy.

To top it off, we had fresh hot damper with Cockey’s Joy (Golden Syrup – a bushie’s custom) and home made rock cakes baked by Dawn. The evening was balmy. I couln’t stop grinning – it took ten years off me I’m sure. ‘In my element’ describes the way I felt.

We stayed well past Dave’s bedtime. No-one wanted to go home.

Bob Dever plays the didgeridoo

Bob Dever plays the didgeridoo

So next time you are feeling a little low, bored or out of sorts, get out and do something different. You will find it an energizing experience.

If you fancy yourself as a poet, or would like to come and be part of the poetry ‘fan club’ we meet on the Gold Coast (at Southport). To find out more go to: http://tiny.cc/6xspr

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Live with Energy
Joan
Visit:  http://www.confidenceiskey.com/ to find out about my latest book, ‘Confidence Is Key’  or http://www.theenergybook.com