An Invitation to my 120th Birthday Celebration.

After 39 years of teaching, my last words to my students on that final day came in the form of an invitation: "You're all invited to my 120th Birthday. Celebrate it by skiing with me." I think it was Sara who shot up her hand saying: "Wait, wait." (pausing for a quick calculation) "I'll be 77 years old!"
"Don't worry." says I, "I'll slow down for you!"

"Never limit yourself." had been an underlying lesson for my students. I realized that I'd need to engineer a comprehensive plan for myself to optimize the quality of my life to 120 and Beyond.

In order to take good care of your brain for the long game, begin by taking mindful care of your body. Read on to chart your own course for 120 and Beyond.


Saturday, May 25, 2019

Reliable health information is easily lost in the tsunami of internet social media and advertising. So where do we find dependable sources?  Here's the first vetted source for just that information.




Each of the 8 menu sections at the top of the Harvard Medical School Health home page
has its own drop down menu. (see menu bar below)



Sunday, May 19, 2019

Ikigai and My Tai Chi Community for a longer and happier lifetime.  Meet Vince McCoullagh our 88 years young Tai Chi Master whose group I walked into one morning on a 10,000 steps walking day August 28th, 2018.


Tai Chi 7 days a week, with Friday at the Laguna Hills Community Center.  Here, Vince has asked Wendy to demonstrate, her movements are like a great heron taking flight.  With over 100 students in the class, Vince has smaller groups lead by additional dedicated teachers...

Two videos below show the Final Exam of his last class. 1. Wendy and Matthew lead a group through their final.




#2 Below, Jim leads his group through the Long Yang Form...


After class, a group gathers for coffee and conversation, where performing arts, philosophy, and wildly diverse topics are discussed and good books are recommended. Together with the movement of Tai Chi, a Ikigai community has emerged,




Saturday, May 18, 2019

Pure Fun!  Zumba your way into a long and happy lifetime!

Meet my newest happy-long-life coach:  Mark Evangelista
Mark is the newest addition to 120 And Beyond, who will amp up the fun in the body and mind fitness pillar of living a longer and happier life. More coming soon! Stay tuned!




Saturday, May 11, 2019

The Latest from Scientific Research.
Steve Anton on Cardio, Cerebral and Respiratory Fitness (coming soon)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Japanese Proverb: "Only staying active will make you want to live 100 years."

The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life.

Here is a half Japanese Proverb:
"Only staying active will make you want to live 120 Years and Beyond."
I'm half Japanese, so when I pen a proverb....

Patricia and I just returned from our Kimono Wedding in the country listed as #1 for the longest living physically active people in the world.  We will tell you what we found in the posts to come.  In the meantime, the book below dives into the secret to a Long and Active Happy Life. Get it now, we'll read it together. Let's start a 120 and Beyond Book Club!

We will show you how to build an Ikigai Community where you live.



Credit:  Hector Garcia and Francesc Miralles

How to build your own 120 and Beyond Active Community.
Tip # 1 Find a Tai Chi Group or start your own. Get your group together and Tai Chi along with our Master Vince (see video link below).
Click HERE for a Tai Chi Video Lesson #1

Once you've watched this video, search YouTube for Vince McCoullagh Tai Chi for many more.

"Ikigai: The Happiness of Always Being Busy."




Tip # 2  Take cardio walks on the beach, along a river, up a ridge or find a spin class.
Recommendation:   If you're in Orange County, California, Soraya at 24 Hour Fitness has exactly the right background as a trainer to get you started. More on this tip soon!

Tip # 3 The pillars of the 120 and Beyond philosophy: Community, Activity, regular social intercourse. Your nearest Community College is a largely unknown source of activities useful in building your Ikigai.  

Click HERE for a link to the Saddleback Community College Emeritus Program and Catalog







Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Science of Cells That Never Get Old.

Telomeres found at the ends of your chromosomes protect them from the wear and tear of cell duplication, but they get shorter over one's lifetime. Once telomere protective "caps" are gone, cells no longer function properly and die.


While certain factors shorten telomere length like chronic stress and how it is percieved, you will learn from this Ted Talk by Molecular Biologist Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, how to protect your telomeres and increase your Health Span
Click HERE to begin. Skip to 1:51 minutes.

 

"Tight knit communities, being in a marriage long term, and life long friendships all improve telomere maintenance."




Tuesday, February 12, 2019

How experiences create new Neural Pathways...

Taking care of your brain starts with understanding what's going on inside your cranial cavity.  You have 1,450 cubic centimeters of cranial space filled with neural tissue in a well protected "vault".  Let's take a look inside.

Click HERE for the interactive version.





New experiences create new Neural Pathways... which is why I'm taking a new Tai Chi class and learning Japanese, and Chinese, and Italian, and looking to join a calligraphy class, and listening to digital books and science podcasts. I plan to start learning how to play the guitar one day soon, and make time for a bookclub. (Have you read? Hitching Rides with Buddha, by William Ferguson).  New experiences, new learning, new neural pathways!