The oldest woman in the world, 116-year-old Maria Esther de Capovilla, has died in Ecuador, according to her relatives.
Apparently, Maria lived a clean, wholesome life — she never smoked, ate regular meals, and drank only in moderation. It’s said that her relatives fully expected her to live to be 117.
Her family said that donkey milk, which Maria drank fresh as a child, might be key to her longevity.
There are two things that strike me about this:
1) I want to live a strong, full, healthy life but 116 might be a little too old. I think I’d be happy to make it too 100, but I guess I won’t know till I get there.
2) Have you noticed that all of these wonderfully elderly people have different “secrets” for aging well and gracefully? I have heard everything from a glass of wine daily to cigars to apples to donkey milk. But I tend to believe a component of what Maria claimed to do as well: everything in moderation.
Auth0r by Kristin Darguzas