Nestled among accounts of local marijuana raids is a profile of Lillian Brown Vogel in the Ukiah (CA) Daily Journal. It’s her 99th birthday. Vogel is at work on a memoir about the secret of her longevity, but readily parts with some of the factors at work in her case:
• daily exercise (yoga, dancing and stretching exercises)
• A healthy diet
• maintaining ties with family and friends
• a pet (her cat, Rosie, has kept Vogel company since the death of her husband 13 years ago)
• accepting changes in life
• and what she calls “cognitive control,” which journalist David Minter describes as “monitoring your thoughts and feelings so you can keep them positive.”
I’d add a few more:
• physical courage (a recent trip to South Africa — Vogel travels a lot — included a trip to “the poor side of Capetown”)
• intellectual appetite — at age 50 she returned to school for a Ph.D. in psychology and became a practicing psychologist.
• and a readiness to reinvent herself. Vogel also credits her surroundings with contributing to her long life. She moved to Ukiah at 87.