To live a long, healthy life, during which we can spend quality time with our loved ones, is not just wishful thinking. There were about 58,820 centenarians (people who are 100 years old or older) in Japan in 2014. According to a U.S. Census Bureau report released in 2014, there were about 55,000 centenarians in the U.S. To date, the world's longest-living person verified by Guinness World Records is Jeanne Louise Calment (1875-1997), who lived 122 years and 164 days. She once met Vincent van Gogh in person and experienced World War I and II. She was a supercentenarian (a person who is 110 years old or older).
In today's society, how many people really die of old age? Many people aged 60, 50, or even just 40 and 30, die from diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Hence, to live to 100 or even 120 years old, the key is in disease prevention.
Eating a balanced diet, exercising moderately, keeping a positive outlook on life, and building a solid foundation for one's health from an early age can help defend against diseases and increase the chances of living healthily to 120 years old.