109-Year-Old Woman Says The Key To A Long Life Is Avoiding Men

In 2015, Jessie Gallan celebrated her 109th birthday. The oldest woman in Scotland gave an interview and revealed her secrets to longevity.

Jessie Gallan was the oldest woman in Scotland. She passed away in 2015 at the impressive age of 109. Her secret to such a long life? Never getting married, exercise and porridge.

The woman was born in a small two-room farm cottage and slept top-to-tail with her 6 siblings on a straw-filled mattress until she left her home at 13. "We never had any money, but we were all very happy."

She got her first job as a milkmaid when she was 13, she worked as a kitchen helper and then at a hotel which was visited by the Queen and the Queen Mother while she was there. "I always worked hard and seldom would I ever take a holiday," she said.

Scotland's oldest woman spent her last years at a care home in Aberdeen, where staff described her as kind and sociable. When asked about her secret to such a long life, she said:

"My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They're just more trouble than they're worth." Besides enjoying life as an independent woman, "I also made sure that I got plenty of exercise, a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning, and have never gotten married."

"I've never had to depend on anybody," she said. "I've had my ups and downs maybe, but I'm fine." A few months later after her 109th birthday, Jessie Gallan died peacefully in her own bed, with her family by her side.

If we'll all be able to look back at our past years with same satisfaction this woman did, we'll be very lucky.

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