In Germany the number of the centenarians has more than doubled within the last 15 years. The fact that these centenarians today are spiritually and physically fitter than those of former generations, is found by a representative investigation of researchers of the university of Heidelberg which they made with people at the age of 100 years in and around Heidelberg.
The study showed a comprehensive picture of centenarians and their life situation. It appears that psychological strengths such as will to live, meaning of life and optimism are more important for a high quality of life and inner contentment than performance ability or health.
“We asked people whose life leans towards to the end. Those who look in spite of the close end of life still optimistically ahead, appear to be more content with their life. In comparison to that health, cognitive efficiency and social aspects are with few exceptions clearly insignificant for the quality of life“, explains Christoph Rott, one of the researchers.
He added: “To sum up, the results of our study show that experiences of losing life quality for example through health issues have much less impact on the centenarians’ general well-being. They live much more the positive side of age through a strong esteem for life.”
Let’s take a look at the wisdom of the centenarians!
If I Live to Be 100: The Wisdom of Centenarians
- Authors: Paul Mobley, Allison Milionis
- Foreword by Normal Lear
- Publisher: Welcome Books; 1 edition (October 11, 2016)
- 216 pages
More than fifty extraordinary Americans, who have all celebrated their one hundredth birthday, share a century of insights. Paul Mobley has taken his camera on the road once again, this time to photograph America’s oldest and wisest citizens. Mobley traveled to all fifty states to find these indomitable, extraordinary centenarians. In this inspiring collection of intimate and powerful portraits, direct quotes, and personal stories, we learn that wisdom is the reward for perseverance. The centenarians in Mobley’s stunning portfolio are eyewitnesses to a century dominated by world wars and conflicts, space travel, and cultural and digital revolutions. Their stories are inspirational, educational, and deeply touching. In them, we are reminded that love, loss, hope, and grief are essential ingredients in a full life and that humor can get us through the worst of times. Mobley’s heartfelt portraits are a beautiful tribute to this unique assemblage of Americans. There are more than 70,000 centenarians in the United States alone. Each of them has touched others with their gift of long lives. This book is a celebration of this generation and an inspiration to the rest of us.
Absolutely an amazing and beautiful collection of portraits of some of the most amazing people on earth! There is much to learn from those who have experienced the entire 1900’s in America, that’s a whole lot of wisdom!
The book is beautiful and full of wonderful stories from some very wise people that have lived through lots of changes in our country. Anyone that loves photography and history will enjoy this book.
I found this book to be special. The interviews of the persons included in this book are well done. Thought provoking stories, Wonderful photography. Overall the book somehow energized my life and moved me forward with my own goals. Excellent book to own.