This is a don't miss post from UCSF if you're interested in living long.
On Monday, a dear friend and I spent five hours chatting at a Fremont Panera about our respective businesses
It's an every-six-weeks-or-so habit we established nearly a decade ago—alternating visits between San Francisco and Fremont, California.
She mentioned Dr. Ephraim Engleman, a 104-year-old rheumatologist, recently passed, who a few years ago recorded a video sharing his "secrets of longevity." I followed the link she sent and it's worthy of a gander if you hope to live long and prosper. And you appreciate centenarian wisdom and wry humor!
For those who don't care to watch the video, here's a distillation. My commentary is in italics.
- Select parents with the proper genes. (Where's my wincing emoji when I need it?)
- Choose the right spouse. Having children is optional.
- Enjoy your work, but don't retire voluntarily.
- Exercise is overrated, do a little but not too much. (Can't agree, but I haven't lived to 104 either! On second thought, maybe I fall into the "a little" camp....)
- Avoid diets, vitamins, organic foods, fish oils, and other so-called nutrients. Don't weigh yourself. (Guilty. Entirely. Again with the "not agreeing," but zero personal proof)
- Keep your mind active. Poker, checkers, music, crossword puzzles.
- Avoid travel by air. (Okay, he's definitely a comedian.)
- Do not fall.
- Avoid illnesses like heart attacks, strokes, cancer, and arthritis.
- Be happy, lucky, keep young, and keep breathing.
For everyone else, the video is below. A stirring tribute to his humor and 104-year-earned wisdom.