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The Well-Lived Life - Gladys McGarey



"Dr. Gladys McGarey, a centenarian still-practicing doctor and the mother of holistic medicine, reveals her powerful and life-changing secrets for how to live with joy, vitality, and purpose at any age." from video introduction


This 102-year-old shares her secrets to aging with grace: 3,800 steps, an adult tricycle, and a lot of laughter

"When Dr. Gladys McGarey was 93, she awoke from a vivid dream one Sunday morning.

She was nine again, living in a tent in the jungle in India, where she grew up. She emerged from her tent in the early morning, looking mischievously to see if anyone was watching. When the coast was clear, she ran as fast as her legs allowed and climbed a mango tree. Once she got to the top, she sang. The song lyrics are hazy, but McGarey knew she was belting something fun. “I’m singing any old thing that I want to sing, and having a great time,” McGarey, who is now 102, tells Fortune. She recalls doing something out of the ordinary—because Sundays growing up consisted of specific hymns and rituals with her family. But she kept singing her own favorites. “I was singing, and I was laughing at the same time as I woke up,” McGarey says. Called the mother of holistic medicine, McGarey co-founded the American Board of Holistic Medicine and ran a medical practice for over 60 years. She’s also authored a handful of books on the science of healing and preventative medicine and continues to work today as a consulting doctor seeing patients about once a week.." from the article: This 102-year-old shares her secrets to aging with grace: 3,800 steps, an adult tricycle, and a lot of laughter


Can Humans Live Longer Than 120 Years?

"The Story

New research suggests the maximum life span for humans is somewhere between 120 and 150 years.

The Background

A recent study published in published in Nature Communications puts the maximum life span for humans at somewhere between 120 and 150 years.

“[The researchers behind the study] are asking the question of ‘What’s the longest life that could be lived by a human complex system if everything else went really well, and it’s in a stressor-free environment?’” says Heather Whitson, director of the Duke University Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, who was not involved in the paper. The results point to an underlying “pace of aging” that sets the limits on lifespan.

The research finds that even if we omit the usual causes of death—such as chronic disease or accidents—our body’s capacity to “restore equilibrium to its myriad structural and metabolic systems after disruptions” (i.e., return to a state of normal health) fades with time. Even if we make it through life with few stressors, writes Emily Willingham, this incremental decline sets the maximum life span for humans at somewhere between 120 and 150 years.." from the article: Can Humans Live Longer Than 120 Years?


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