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25 Centenarians Share Their Secrets to Living to 100

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Wine, chocolate, and ice cream: The key to longevity may taste better than you think, according to these long-lived citizens at least. Take their advice and live life to fullest — no matter what birthday you're celebrating.

BACON


Ruth Benjamin of Marshall, Illinois, went viral last yearwhen she claimed lots of bacon contributed to her triple-digit birthday. She lived until the ripe, old age of 109 eating her favorite breakfast food and "potatoes some way, every day."

BEER


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Go ahead and crack open a cold one. Mildred Bowers, 104, still enjoys a beer daily at 4 p.m. — with her doctor's approval, of course. The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, woman also credits good genes for her prolonged lifespan.

ICE CREAM


America's oldest veteran Richard Overton just rang in his 111th birthday this month, and the supercentenarian hasn't given up any of his favorite guilty pleasures. Between the cigars, whiskey, and bourbon, the supercentenarian also stocks up on butter pecan ice cream.

CHOCOLATE


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She never drank or smoke, but Eunice Modlin102, likes to attribute her old age to a much tastier habit: eating two pieces of dark chocolate every day. The great-great-grandmother from Boonville, Indiana, also swears by taking lots of naps.

WINE


The antioxidants in your vino might do more than you think. Florence Bearse of Bangor, Maine, turned 100 last summer drinking her favorite beverage and eating birthday cake. Her other piece of advice? "Don't take any baloney."

DIET COKE


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Theresa Rowley was already 68-years-old when Coca-Cola introduced its zero-calorie soda, but at age 104 she consumes at least one can every day. "I drink it because I like it," the Grand Rapids, Michigan, resident told WZZM last month. "I have a bag full of empty Diet Coke cans that I need to return to buy more Diet Coke."

BRAIN GAMES


Research consistently states regular physical exercise can extend your lifespan, but don't forget about mental fitness. "I love playing cards, doing crossword puzzles, and reading to help exercise my mind," centenarian Edris Mathiesen of Bloomington, Indiana, told Prevention.

STAYING SINGLE


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Jessie Gallan spoke for all of the single ladies out there when she revealed that remaining independent helped her reach 109. The Scottish woman passed away in 2015, but her advice lives on in infamy: "My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They're just more trouble than they're worth."

EGGS


Once the world's oldest person, Italian Emma Morano was born on November 29, 1899, and lived until 117. Her rather unusual regimen included eating three eggs per day — two of them raw — for more than 90 years.

SUSHI


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Japanese supercentenarians like Misao Okawa regularly make the Guinness Book of World Records, probably because of their healthy, fish-filled diets. Okawa, who died shortly after her 117th birthday, regularly ate sushi and ramen noodles. On her nearly 12 decades on Earth, she reportedly remarked they "seemed rather short."

OLIVE OIL


Jeanne Louise Calment still holds the title for oldest person ever. The French lady lived until the amazing age of 122, and she only quit smoking at age 117. In addition to wine and chocolate, the Arles resident ate food with lots of olive oil, which she also used on her skin.

OATMEAL


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Spring Valley, New York, resident Duranord Veillard is a month away from reaching 111 alongside his wife and fellow centenarian Jeanne. As of 2015, the former Haitian judge still started his days with five to seven push-ups and a bowlful of oatmeal, USA Today reported.

HONEY


Before she passed away at 115, Bernice Madigan revealed her secrets to old age: no children, less stress, and a daily spoonful of honey, friends told the Boston Globe.

LINGERIE


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Former world's oldest person Susannah Mushatt Jonesliked bacon, eggs, and grits, but she also had another notable favorite: expensive lingerie. "She would save her money and then go to Bloomingdale's," her niece told Time. "When she had to get an EKG, the doctors and nurses were surprised to see her wearing that lingerie, and she said, 'Oh sure, you can never get too old to wear fancy stuff.'"

SLEEP


As if you needed another reason to get more shuteye, Mexican woman Leandra Becerra Lumbreras reached the unverified age of 127 by "snacking on chocolate, sleeping for days on end, and never getting married," according to her family. We're starting to sense a trend...

DANCING


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John Grumbine is still a few weeks away from 100, but the Lancaster, Pennsylvania, resident just shared his inspiring tip with Penn Live. The ballroom dance instructor says tapping his toes keeps him "mentally, physically, and spiritually active." He even still competes!

GIN AND TONIC


Pauline Dunhill turned 104 on January 31, 2018, ringing in the occasion with her fellow residents at a British care home. The native Canadian attributes the feat to a nightly G&T. Cheers to that!

HOMEGROWN VEGETABLES


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Former world's oldest man Francisco Nunez Olivera lived until 113 in a small Spanish village. As "grandpa of the world," the family man thanked a daily glass of red wine and vegetables from his own garden for keeping him happy and healthy for more than 11 decades.

JUNK FOOD


Frances Prus is a New Year's baby, turning 100 on January 1 of this year. The Greenfield, Pennsylvania, resident told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that junk food and the "occasional glass of Merlot" will keep you going strong — in moderation of course.

M&M'S


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Imogene Young of Hagerstown, Maryland, combines a little bit of all of the above, and she's turning 103 this week. Her impressive diet includes bacon, eggs, daily bowls of Breyer's ice cream, and peanut butter M&M's. She also recommends Pond's Cold Cream for a youthful complexion.

RUNNING


Here's proof you're never too old to run: Orville Rogers just joined the centenarian club with an epic 100-mile relayaround Dallas, Texas. His friends and family all ran in the athletic celebration, with Rogers completing the final mile himself. The longtime runner still jogs three times per week and competes in official races!

BERRIES


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Christina Kislak Wahala of Cabot, Pennsylvania, enjoys gardening, crocheting, and polka dancing, but the great-grandmother also attributes her 100 years of living to eating tons of fresh veggies and berries. She's a skilled pie-baker and jelly-maker too, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

WHISKEY


Jack Reynolds does nothing you would expect of a105-year-old. The British centenarian flies airplanes, rides rollercoasters, and gets tattoos. Oh, and he drinks whiskey in his morning tea and lemonade cocktail at night, Metro reports.

COFFEE


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Need some justification for your caffeine addiction? Former firefighter and centenarian Art Stiegleiter can help you out. "I'm a big coffee drinker and have at least six to eight cups a day," the Aurora, Illinois, resident told the Chicago Tribune.

LETTING IT GO


Besides wine and coffee, one theme reigns supreme when it comes to longevity: less stress. "Forget about it!" That's the motto former teacher Jo Sunderland lives by, and she just turned 107 last month. "Don't worry about the little things if you can't do anything about it," the Minnesota resident told Fox 5.

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