Do you want to live forever? At least live a long, healthy life.

from the web

from the web

Today my brother is taking out our Mother for her 86th birthday. Sadly he won’t be there as he lives in Switzerland and my husband and I are going in his stead. We’ll think of him whilst we dine at his expense. This is our third attempt at having this lunch. The first cancelled as the cardiologist decided that Mum required a pacemaker and surgery fell on the day we had planned for the celebration.  The next time, cancelled again due to a probable heart attack which saw her readmitted to hospital but this time the day has dawned and it looks like we are going to make it.

Naturally as one gets older and having a mother who is old (though she doesn’t think so) makes one reflects on one’s life and what you want to be like when you are older so when My brother (he doesn’t post often but wow when he does) put me on to this fascinating article which examines longevity I read it avidly. The article’s author Eric Barker starts by asking the question “so is it possible to live forever?” The answer to this and other questions is found at

Although the average age is getting older (more people living to 100 than ever) it seems as though there is a full stop in human existence because no more people are reaching the incredibly old ages than ever before. Not surprising the studies mentioned in the article found that we don’t want to live forever. I know I for one don’t want to and that time that I do have I want to be healthy and fit and have lots of friends around me. Once my friends start going that is when I would want to go also (says I before this starts to happen).  Back to the article where the studies concurred that we want a great quality of life for the time we are living.

Interestingly it said from the age of forty our birthdate was the least accurate predictor of our actual age. I’m sure we all know people in their nineties who look like they are in their seventies and people in their seventies who look like they are in their nineties.  The article talked of many studies looking at ways of increasing longevity. It found diet and exercise had less impact on how long we lived than we expected. A low-fat, low carb, high protein, vegetarian , vegan diet are not the major factors in making us live longer. Thank heavens for that (I’m far from fanatical about diet though not unhealthily so). It did quote the results of some interesting studies  which barring accidents means I should live to a fairly ripe age such as: if you have a friend that you can ring at 4am in the morning to have a chat with your lifespan will increase by up to 7.5 years. Other traits which have an effect are being happy, good, vain, being positive and conscientiousness with just the right amount of stress. Relationships are one of the most important factors. Read the article – its fascinating.

Golly – I wonder if my nephews will take me out for my birthday lunch when I reach 100.



About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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14 Responses to Do you want to live forever? At least live a long, healthy life.

  1. I love this! Read the article, and love it even more. My kids tell me I have to live to 90 at least, and with them around (and my genes) I probably will. I’d like to keep my marbles and my independence, though.


  2. M-R says:

    Boy, she can dance !!!! I’m knocked out ! 🙂


  3. Sherri says:

    Great post this Irene, happy birthday to your mum hope that she is doing better now (and you too!)! I am getting ready to get my post out and then leave for the weekend so I won’t have time to read what sounds like a fascinating article until I get back, but read it I shall! I like the sound of it though, especially the diet part, haha!
    Have a great weekend my friend and let’s try and get a walk in next week… love & hugs.. >3 🙂


  4. I hope you live to 100, Irene. It’s true that we are living longer and healthier lives – just look at the heated debate here in the US about the retirement age. Sixty-five is now looking rather arbitrary. My grandmother died at 103, my aunt at 99 and my Mom at 95. I would love to see what’s happening in the next 30 or 40 years, but to every thing there is a season’! Treasure your Mom – I miss mine every day.


  5. Live each day to the fullest, as the saying goes. I’m glad you all persisted in taking out your Mum. Enjoy the time together!


  6. TanGental says:

    What a great post. Loved the article too. In the 70s there was a real fad for these green strips you could stick on the car windscreen or rear window to provide shade (did they make an appearance in Oz I wonder?); sometimes they had names on them or slogans. Dad got one that said ‘get your own back on the children; live to be a hundred’. Sadly he didn’t manage that but the sentiment still holds good!


    • Thanks. I loved the article too. I don’t remember the green strips although I bet they were here. Marketing people wouldn’t have missed the opportunity of a whole country even if we are small. I think that slogan is great and now as we read it is more possible than ever.


  7. fictionfitz says:

    Reblogged this on Writing Out Loud and commented:
    Terrific! Love the video, the writing and loved the original kissing picture as well


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