Monday, January 24, 2011

Jack LaLanne

Gone at 96.
LaLanne ate healthy and exercised every day of his life up until the end, Hersh said.
And maybe those habits explain why he lived so long and could keep up with a 51 year old wife (Elaine, lol).

Then again he fell four years shy of George Burns:
Happiness is a good martini, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman... or a bad woman, depending on how much happiness you can stand.
So who knows...

MORE 1/24/11

OMG, Jack was inciting violence (in this day and age he might get banned on CNN).


LASunsett said...

//Then again he fell four years shy of George Burns:Happiness is a good martini, a good meal, a good cigar and a good woman... or a bad woman, depending on how much happiness you can stand.So who knows...//

The difference between Jack LaLanne and guys like Burns and Bob Hope was the quality of life they lived in the very end.

In the end of Burns' and Hope's lives, someone had to nurse them and take care of them in order for them to make it to 100. That probably included feeding tubes and 24 hr nursing care, just so their obit would read 100.

Not so with LaLanne.

A.C. McCloud said...

Party pooper!

I see the point but in my recollection Burns was pretty active into his mid to late 90s, at least he wasn't on a tube, etc. Towards the end? Yes.

The point is that living healthy and exercising like crazy is no guarantee alone of getting into the mid 90s. There must be some genetics and luck involved as well.

Debbie said...

Did you hear Rush today, interesting. A caller said her mother just diet at 90 something, she drank, ate junk food, etc. her entire life. Go figure.

I think heredity has a lot to do with how long and how healthy a person is.

His wife was only 51 years old? I didn't know that. I saw them on Fox not long ago and she looked almost as old as he was.

Was she his second wife? Just curious.

LASunsett has a point. No one would have guessed that LaLanne was as old as he was.

Right Truth

A.C. McCloud said...

I had an aunt who lived to 93 and was still playing cards up until the day she passed, yukking it up as always. A good attitude seems to be a key, and both Burns and Hope had one. LaLanne was all about mind, body and spirit, not just working out, so I think in a way they are more alike than it may seem.

LASunsett said...

Sorry if I pooped on the party. I just wanted to make the point about quality of life. Burns and Hope are by far not the only people with money to have artificial means of life extension employed to reach the 100 milestone.

I knew of a lady many years ago who had money and didn't know the world was turning. She got sick a week before her 100th and they (her family) hospitalized her with the objective of keeping her alive for a week. Wasted resources and possible cruelty just so the obit would read 100.

It was just as much the doctor's fault as the family's.

A.C. McCloud said...

I wasn't trying to knock his fitness regimen, only the strangeness of how some people live long without doing what he did. They all seem to share in common a good attitude but that's anecdotal. The points about quality of life and the fact he didn't look nearly his age are well-taken.