There is no magic pill for longevity. Instead, what these centenarians reinforce is that some of the secrets to wellbeing and lifelong happiness are the simple truths that we have always known -- loving relationships, financial stability, and a commitment to personal health.
What would happen if everyone lived to be 100? More and more people are raising that question. Of course, it raises a number of other related questions -- all about retirement, jobs, health, even including death.
When Elsa Bailey turned 100 last May, she still had a bucket list. And on it was her desire to see a polar bear in the wild. Last week Bailey got to realize her dream when she traveled to Churchill, Manitoba as the guest of Natural Habitat Adventures.
Two women in my extended family made it to 100 years old. One had children, the other did not. One was honored with flowers and visits on Mother's Day, while the other never received a Mother's Day card.
Early this spring, I came to my ancient great-aunt with news. She was perched in her chair, sitting cross-legged like a yogi, sipping Coca-Cola, and listening to her books on tape when I opened her screen door.