Are you constantly searching for a hot date? After hearing these stories, you may want to reconsider your hunt for the perfect man. Take it from the oldest woman in Europe; Emma Moreno, a 115 year old woman who is totally convinced she has found the key living longer. What is the big secret? Well, eating 3 raw eggs a day and avoiding men! Yup, you heard it right. According to Moreno, living a husband/boyfriend-free life is the secret to living longer.
Emma Moreno was born in 1899, and is the oldest woman in Europe and the fifth oldest person in the world! She got married young but she was very unhappy and her marriage ended in 1938, following the tragic passing of the couple’s infant son. Since Moreno’s divorce —something that was very uncommon back in the early 1900’s— she dated several men but never had the urge to tie the knot again. “I didn’t want to be dominated by anyone,” she told The New York Times back in February.
Today, at the ripe age of 115, Moreno lives alone in a 2-bedroom apartment in Verbania, Italy. Since her teen years, Moreno has been eating 2-3 raw eggs each day as a means of warding off anemia. Moreno’s diet also consists of ground meat, pasta, and bananas. Aside from her raw egg diet, Moreno is certain that the key to her longevity rests in the fact that she has spent the majority of her life without a male partner. In her old age, Moreno refuses to leave her apartment, so her doctor visits her once a month — just to check in on her. Dr. Carlo Bava reports that aside from a few expected aches and pains, Moreno is in good health. Researchers recently came to Moreno’s house to study her case, and Italy’s former President, Giorgio Napolitano, even issued a certificate commemorating her life and health. Emma Moreno is living proof (pun intended) that a life without male company may in fact be one of the keys to living longer.
Jessie Gallan, the oldest living woman in Scotland, is another woman who supports the hypothesis that living without men will prolong your life. She was born in 1906, in a two-bedroom cottage and is still going strong at age 109! At the age of 13, Gallan left her farm to become a milkmaid. Unlike Moreno, Gallan was never married because she thinks that men are “more trouble than they’re worth”. She also warmly recommends doing lots of exercise, eating a nice, warm bowl of porridge every morning and doing lots of knitting. Nowadays, Gallan lives at the Crosby House care home in Aberdeen where she recently celebrated 109 with some friends and a piece of cake. Gallan takes part in group activities at the care home in order to keep her schedule busy and lead a healthy lifestyle. She goes to concerts, and enjoys her church on Sundays. “I always had good jobs with very nice people. It’s amazing to see how completely different the world is now from the one I grew up in,” Gallan said. Oh, and in case you were wondering, she is happy and doesn’t feel like she’s missing romance.
But wait a minute before dumping your boyfriend! There is also evidence that a romantic relationship is actually a good thing, and that it contributes to longevity. Take, for example, the story of Duranord Veillard, who recently turned 108 and his wife, Jeanne Veillard, who will be celebrating her 105th birthday this upcoming May. The Veillards have been married happily for 82 years.
Tell us what you think — men or no men? What is your secret to living a longer and healthier life?