If you want to live long, avoid stress, says 100-year-old An­nah

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AN­NAH Tau has never both­ered about try­ing to re­main young – the res­i­dent of the Tem­bisa Old Age Home is 100 years old and says the main se­cret to liv­ing a long life is to avoid stress.

“I avoid stress­ing over things I can’t con­trol. Stress is not good for you and you must avoid it if you want to live longer.”

As a young girl, Tau en­joyed sport. “I loved run­ning and would com­pete with other chil­dren to see who was the fastest. We also played other games. I was very ac­tive grow­ing up and that kept me young,” Tau said.

The mother of three has never worked and was a tra­di­tional stay-ath­ome mother who looked after her fam­ily.

She made sure she was al­ways ac­tive. “I used to take long walks be­cause I did not want to just sit still with­out do­ing any­thing.

“These walks con­trib­uted to my body not age­ing quickly.”

Tau’s favourite meal is pap and mo­rogo.

Her fa­ther loved the dish and as a re­sult, it be­came her favourite too.

“I just love pap and mo­rogo. I only eat meat once in a while,” Tau said.

Her ad­vice to those who wish to stay young is to avoid drink­ing al­co­hol, smok­ing and hav­ing mul­ti­ple sex­ual part­ners.

“I have never smoked or drank al­co­hol in my life. Even my chil­dren knew that I hated the sight of al­co­hol.

“Young women must avoid sleep­ing with a lot of men be­cause that will make them age quickly.” |

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