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Secrets to Longevity Video Series

Human beings are living longer than ever before … into their 70s, 80s, 90s and beyond. Since the start of the 20th century, we have increased life expectancy in the United States from just 49 in 1900 to 79 today.

While genetics play a major role in determining which of us will make it into the “over 90 crowd,” plenty of other factors go into healthy and successful aging.

It’s true that every day “on island” is a good day, but something extraordinary is happening here on Boca Grande. We asked Boca Grande’s nonagenarians: what are the secrets of living into your nineties?

Episode 1: John Hillenbrand

John Hillebrand, 90, reflects on the importance of staying active and making sure you have something to look forward to every day. And he reminds us that “Life is what you make it!”

Episode 2: Edith Gardner

At 97 years young, Edith (Edie) Gardner’s busy days keep her engaged and in constant motion. As a former RN, she understands the importance of healthy eating and keeping fit. She practices her “To rest is to rust” mantra by starting each day with a walk on the beach with her cherished dog.

Episode 3: Robert McKinney

Robert (Bob) McKinney, WWII veteran, engineer, attorney, banker, political operative, husband, and father. Bob never met a challenge he couldn’t conquer, as proven by a lifetime of business success as chairman and CEO of two public companies and founder of a prestigious law practice. At 96, he continues to serve on boards, including at Indiana University (where the law school carries his name) and the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation.