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Aging Gracefully: Portraits of People Over 100 by Karsten Thormaehlen

By Karsten Thormaehlen

Fall in love with fifty two clever, fit, and cheerful 100-year-olds during this celebratory and uplifting paintings ebook. a gorgeous and interesting exploration of what it really is prefer to be over a hundred years previous, Aging Gracefully invitations readers to seem into the face of a century of lifestyles adventure with pictures of centenarians captured by way of the compassionate, minimalist lens of photographer Karsten Thormaehlen. The impressive images are followed via brief bios of the centenarians, that includes costs and knowledge on love, meals, humor, and dwelling with grace.

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He enjoys talking about how, in the event of flight delays, he was responsible for the flight plan and passengers. And he speaks lovingly about his wife, Gertruida, to whom he was married for 66 years until she died in 2011. They have two sons and three grandchildren. Gerardus tugs at his sparse hair and twirls his moustache, getting himself ready for the camera. He likes the attention and that people want to know how he managed to grow so old. After all, growing old is one of the things he does best.

And he loves his family. He has eight children (two of his daughters live with him), grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Fascinated by the literature his father gave him to read in his childhood, he taught himself to write while stationed in Somalia during World War II. Uncle Gasparru’s advice for a long life: “Live and work in peace and harmony with yourself and with others. ” BORN FEBRUARY 2, 1914, IN HAMATONBETSU, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN Kiichiero Nakajima SAPPORO, HOKKAIDO, JAPAN Kiichiero always seems to be smiling, and he smiles even more when his grandchildren are around.

He and his wife, who died in 1994, had no children, but he doesn’t feel alone. “I sing with others. ” BORN AUGUST 25, 1916, IN Ō GIMI, JAPAN Miyagui Kami Ō GIMI, KUNIGAMI DISTRICT, OKINAWA, JAPAN Miyagui loves her weekly visits to the senior center in her village, Ōgimi, the so-called “Village of Longevity” in northern Okinawa. She gets a health check and has her blood pressure measured, then she joins the group for gymnastics and singing. Like most people here, Miyagui spent her earlier days farming, out under the open skies all year long.

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