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What's the Secret to Living 100 Years?

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With advances in modern medicine, Americans are living longer. Just in the Mobile area, Mr. Charlie Hess turned 107 over the weekend. He was born March 17, 1907. Ms. Frances Adams of Mobile turned 100 in February.

In this news report, News 5 takes a look at some of the "secrets" for living to be 100 or older. Mr. Charlie Hess says he didn't drink or smoke, but he "had fun." He repeatedly talked about enjoying his life. His son, Charles, says his father,  "led a low stress life. He never got mad at anyone. He was very calm, and he always liked to help people. I think that gave him a good outlook on life and contributed to his longevity." Mrs. Frances Adams credits the Lord with her longevity. She says, she "put Jesus first in everything."

Dr. Bill Admire with the Mobile Infirmary Medical Center says living to be 100 takes more than just luck. "Researchers say not only genetic and family history play a role, but they look at their lifestyle. They had a healthy lifestyle. These people are also extroverted. They have a lot of friends, and they have higher self esteem." Dr. Admire also says that many people who live to be 100 have a strong faith.

Having a good social network is key, according to Dorothy Curry, the executive director of the Via Senior Center. She says, "Other people will keep you active, and other people will encourage you to stay active. It exercises your mind to talk to other people and be with other people."

What's it feel like to be 107 years old? Mr. Hess smiles when he says, "I am glad to be alive."

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