One Hundred Years Young Extracted From New Age Journal 07/08/93, Page 83 And Following By Deepak Chopra, M.D.
At the present time, at least in the United States, people who live past 100 do not have parents who have lived past 100.
- There is a "strong attachment to freedom."
- The most frequently chosen word to describe themselves as "adaptable."
- Typical and intense losses are normal, but afterwards they get about the business of the business of the rest of their life.
- Work very hard.
- Enjoy their work.
- Lack of high ambition.
- Quiet and independent lives.
- Generally happy with jobs, families, religion and have few regrets.
- A strong will to live.
- High appreciation for simple experiences and pleasures of life.
- Self sufficient.
- Seldom see doctors or live in homes for the aged.
- Few illnesses.
- Not prone to worry.
- Their own boss.
- Excellent sense of humor.
- Live with satisfaction from day to day.
- Constant weight and psychologically steady.
- Walk about 30 minutes a day, six days a week but may dance, play tennis, hike, swim, house clean.
Patients are actors in dramas written by others, and there is a loss of personal freedom, happiness, increase in fear and stress and a loss of life expectancy by becoming a "patient."
H. Robert Silverstein, MD