So...I've been thinking. My mother's side of the family is generally very long-lived, whereas my dad's relatives have, on average, developed diseases in mid life and or/passed away in middle age, generally between 40 and 60. I have a maternal grandmother (my only living grandparent) who has a twin sister, and they're both 91 and they both are still are basically fully independent, living in their own houses. They have younger siblings, I think there are three more of them still alive, all over eighty. Sometimes when I visit my grandmother, I ask, "What can I do to live as long as you?" She chuckles, and says she just takes it "one day at a time." With a few minor vision and gastric problems, she's still of sound mind and slightly frail body. We try to keep her active, social, and spry. Both my parents used to tell me that I "take after" my dad's side of the family, and this worries me, because I'd like to live to be in my nineties, too! I know that a lot of things I can control, but even more things are OUT of my control. My dad's side is predisposed to diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, certain cancers you name it...and sometimes I go crazy worrying about being similarly affected during middle age. Do any of you have any very elderly relatives still alive who have no significant health issues? If so, do you think you'll be long-lived as well? What do you think are their secrets for living such long, healthy lives? I searched for a similar thread and didn't find one, so any replies appreciated!