Sunday, 25 January 2015

109-year-old woman says secret to long life is avoiding men

By Mark Molloy
The oldest woman in Scotland has revealed a surprising theory on the secret to a long and healthy life: lots of porridge and staying away from men.
Jessie Gallan attributes her longevity to lots of porridge and staying away from men Photo: HEMEDIA
Jessie Gallan celebrated her 109th birthday at a care home in Aberdeen on 2 January with a slice of cake.

“My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth,” she told the Daily Mail.

“I also made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married.”

Ms Gallan was born in a two-room farm cottage in Aberdeenshire and left home at 13 to become a milkmaid.

The centenarian also revealed that a strong work ethic has helped her live a long and happy life.

“It’s amazing to see how completely different the world is now from the one I grew up in,” she added.

Gillian Bennett, who helps care for the elderly at Crosby House care home in Aberdeen, said she is popular with both staff and residents.

“Jessie is a lovely woman. She has got her best friend here … and they are always together,” she told STV News last year.

“She likes her music and likes her exercise class and is a very independent person. She is always walking about.”

A 127-year-old Mexican woman, believed to be the world’s oldest person, recently said her love of chocolate is the key to her longevity.

“She’s always had a good tooth, even at her old age,” explained her granddaughter.

“She has no diabetes or hypertension so can eat as many chocolates and sweets as she likes.”
The Telegraph
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