Outlook: “You have to accept what life gives you. I thank God every day that I can answer the question, How old are you? and I can say I’m 84.”
Exercise: “I ride an exercise bike daily. I used to go on a long walk, but last June I had a heart attack.”
Diet: “I eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, I cut down on fats, and I have low-sodium soup. I don’t go to extremes. I will eat a piece of candy.”
Outlook: “When people ask, ‘How old do you feel?’ I say, ‘I feel like a 66-year-old who has taken care of herself.’ I never say, ‘Well, I am 40, but I feel 20.’ ”
Exercise: Yoga, jogging.
Diet: “I’m a lacto-vegetarian. But I have a little chocolate every day and French fries a couple times a week.”
Philosophy: “To try to do exercise, watch what I eat, and just try to be a calm person.”
Exercise: Handball, racquetball, swimming, yoga. “My girlfriend and I like to dance.”
Diet: “I am much more careful than I used to be…. I am focused on sugar content and weight.”
Outlook: “I had two sisters, and I dream of them almost every other night saying, ‘Come on, Alice.’ I pray that I will fall asleep and join them.”
Exercise: “I walk a lot.”
Diet: “I have a big appetite all the time. Everything about my retirement home is wonderful, except the food.”
Smoke? “When I was in my teens, it was fashionable to smoke, but I tried not to inhale.”
Drink? “I drink highballs socially.”
Outlook: “Early on I took the position that health was important…because I could see myself at an age where it would be difficult to stand up.”
Exercise: Aerobics, strength training, Spinning, and more.
Diet: Pescatarian. “I’ve been trying to work on portions, carbs, and sugars. No coffee.”
Outlook: “I’m still having fun times, so getting older doesn’t bother me. No Botox. No surgery. Just wrinkles.”
Exercise: Dancing, yard- and housework. “I trim the trees, I get up on the roof—but I shouldn’t mention it, my family will get mad at me.”
Diet: “I eat less now than I used to, but I eat just about everything.”
Smoke? “I quit in ’86.”
Drink? “Saturday, I had two 7&7’s. And when I go to karaoke, I have one drink.”
Outlook: “There is a commercial on TV right now about baby boomers that says, ‘We’re not done yet.’ We’re not. We have a lot of things we still want to do.”
Diet: “A lot of green leafy vegetables and fruit. I have taken granulated cane sugar out of my house. I have coconut sugar and agave.”
Drink? “I love a good glass of champagne.”
Outlook: “Things that you thought were so crucial and important turn out to be, ‘Oh, that was just another little marker along the road of life and there will be more to come.’ ”
Exercise: Baseball, yoga, running, light weights. “If I wanted to jump over a wall, I could, but I am having to face the fact that I’d better do a few minutes of yoga stretches before trying.”
Diet: “I try to eat a fair amount of fresh vegetables and avoid high-fructose corn syrup, but I eat an occasional order of French fries.”
Philosophy: “My husband taught me, ‘You look in someone’s eyes and you see the good, and you can transfer that spiritually.’ He said, ‘You have to trust people, love people, because we all have problems.’ ”
Outlook: This is such a wonderful period in our lives. Older people have so much to say, if the young will listen.
Diet: “I love meat, but I eat a lot of organic stuff.”
Philosophy: “Life is like sculpture. From some mud you can make a beautiful body. You can make ugly things, too.”
Diet: “If you put salad in front of me every day with a piece of grilled chicken, I am happy with it. But we cheat, right? Like yesterday I had cinnamon buns.”
Drink? “Occasionally. I like wine.”
Philosophy: “Chelsea Clinton said her grandmother told her that it isn’t what happens to you that is important; it’s what you do when something happens to you. I’ve been living that philosophy all my life.”
Exercise: Tai chi, regular visits to the gym.
Diet: “A lot of fish, fruit, vegetables, nuts, whole grains. We try to stay away from fat.”
Philosophy: “I believe that you can have a fulfilled life if you try to think positively and make the most of situations, if you try to live by the Golden Rule, if you’re accepting of people, and if you try to give service
Exercise: Tai chi.
Photographs by Meiko Takechi Arquillos