As The Wesley Communities approach 50 years of excellent service, our CEO Peg Carmany offers “Peg’s Perspective” on a variety of topics affecting seniors and their adult children as they plan and choose to age well – 50 tips to celebrate 50 years!
Tip # 1 of 50 – What’s the key to a long, healthy, and happy life?
Answers from an interview with Joe and Millie Anderson — people who know how it’s done!
Joe and Millie Anderson met at church when Millie was 15 years old . . . . Millie remembers Joe and his brother Frank coming into church “just a little bit late,” and Millie said to her sister, “They’re here!”
Joe remembers that Millie was “a step above my pay grade.”
After 66 years of marriage, they bring a unique perspective to aging well, not just surviving, but thriving.
Both came from rather large families. Joe is the youngest of 8, and Millie had four brothers. Millie’s father died when she was five.
From Joe, who ran a successful business that has been passed to his family: “Be straight with people. Never, ever cheat. And be loyal to your family, and keep them together.”
And Millie’s advice? “Church, church, church, all the time” “We never knew we were poor, we made our own fun.” And from her Grandmother, who lived with them, a deep love of poetry.
Joe and Millie’s advice exactly fits with research from The Longevity Project, which shows that in order to live not only longer, but better, people both work hard and play hard. And, if you want to live a long life, going to church really may be the answer to your prayers. It’s the values from church – respect, compassion, gratitude, charity, humility, harmony, meditation, and preservation of health that seem to predict longevity, not what’s being preached from the pulpit.
So there you have it, tips from the pros . . . . I sincerely thank Joe and Millie for sharing their insights with all of us.
THE LONGEVITY PROJECT: SURPRISING DISCOVERIES FOR HEALTH AND LONG LIFE FROM THE LANDMARK EIGHT-DECADE STUDY