written by Maggy Fellman and Baptiste Daleman
performed by Baptiste Daleman little margie productions 20©13
Advice from an old horse's mouth: waste no money on magic pills. Get a good night's sleep - a study found going to bed between ten and eleven is best for the heart. Cut stress. Get outdoors: bike, walk, run – at least 30' a day. Eat less meat. Pile up on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, garlic, olive oil. Go easy on the booze and pot. Nix on drugs, except prescribed meds.
Dump sugar – a couple of pieces of chocolate is okay, soda pop is poison. Get a job – Eki's mother Liisa, posts a diary blog, takes photographs, and publishes two books a year for the Halkka family. Have a network of pals, young, old, in-between. DON'T SMOKE! (a no-brainer). Keep a cash-stash. Be a little bad every day. Have fun. Don't panic. We're all in the same damn*** boat.
PS: Take care of your teeth. Gum disease increases the risk of heart disease. Before I had a knee replacement at Orton hospital, I had to have my teeth X-rayed.
* Places in the world where people live the longest: Okinawa, Japan, Nicoya, Costa Rica, Loma Linda, Ca., Icaria, Greece, Sardinia, Italy.
** LongLife nutritional supplements. Users must fall for the name.
*** Swearing is good for you (Health and Science section of the NYT).
Sources: Financial Times, New York Times, Washington Post, Roberta Nelson, personal experience, Mayo Clinic,, Net
Next week: 2022 OOOPS. What's up next?
Note: In addition to the above, though she's been a retiree for over two decades, my mom still continues her scientific work, a few weeks' worth each year. We still go out in the archipelago on a small boat, land rocky islets, and catch thousands of spittlebugs every summer. The population genetics field study has been going on for over 50 years. That's quite a time series.
She is also a dedicated geocacher, with almost a thousand finds under her belt. A hobby she started after retiring. I tag along about once a week - it's quite fun, we find interesting places near our hometown I never knew existed, get to chat about, well, everything, and get some healthy exercise on the side. We clock a few thousand steps on uneven terrain on each trip, without even noticing it much. Not in winter though - there are limits to this insanity after all ;-)