How to live longer is a question everyone of us ask ourselves or others at least once in a lifetime. There might be thousands of answers; numerous tricks and countless health and diet tips, to give people hope or an illusion of living a long life.
But all those tricks pale before the advice of those individuals who have or are actually living a long life. And when that advice is coming from world’s oldest living twin brothers from Belgian – Pieter Langerock and Paulus Langerock – the value is unmatched.
Their advice is simple: eat less, drink a glass of good wine every day and avoid chasing women. Born on July 8, 1913, the brothers have lived together for most of their lives and until this day barely leave each other’s side, sharing a room at their nursing home just outside the Belgian town of Ghent.
“There isn’t much advice I can give. Don’t waste your time fooling around, don’t eat too much and don’t run after women,” said Paulus, seamlessly switching between French and Dutch, the country’s main languages, as well as the local Ghent dialect.
After their long careers as court magistrates in the middle of the 20th century, the besuited 102-year-olds prefer speaking French and being addressed as ‘Pierre and Paul’. They don’t prefer prefixes of Mr. or Senior.
Both enjoy a glass of wine every day. “Get us a Bordeaux, but a good quality one,” Paulus tells his nurse at the Ter Venne retirement home into which they moved three years ago, only then giving up their own house.
None of the brothers married. Perhaps, finding in each other what they thought they’ll never get from their life partners.
“Yes, Paulus is my best friend. We’re always together,” Pieter said.
In terms of holding world record for oldest living twin brothers, Pierre and Paul need three more years to live to break the record of US brothers Glen and Dale Moyer, who reached 105.
“When we were 85 we went to the doctor and he told us: ‘Don’t think you’ll be living to 100’. Well, I never really wanted to be this old.”
But they seem not to care about records. They just want to live.Feature image source: Reuters