Club 122 is a virtual organization named after Jeanne Louise Calment, a French woman who was born 21 February 1875 and died 4 August 1997—a lifespan of 122 years, 164 days.
Her life demonstrates the old adage, You’ll get farther if you aim higher.
When the press asked her about her long life, she reportedly replied:
I had to wait 110 years to become famous. I wanted to enjoy it as long as possible.
Members of Club 122 Longevity are committed to aiming higher. Continually learning, they turn what they learn into knowledge and then daily apply that practical knowledge to a Longevity Lifestyle.
Everything starts and ends in the brain. All things being equal, the health and functionality of the brain impact the health and functionality of the body. Together, brain and body impact a person’s weight.
These three basic components—brain, body, and weight–exert a continually interactive and collaborative impact on each other. Metaphorically, consider traffic: vehicles create traffic, which either facilitates or impedes vehicles.
In much the same way, the brain directs most of what goes on in the body.
What goes on in the body can facilitate or impede the action of the brain.
Your weight results from a combination of brain-body interactions. In turn, a weight that is too low (think anorexia?) or a weight that is too high (think morbid obesity?) adversely impacts both brain and body. The deleterious effects of obesity on your brain can increase your risk for any number of disease processes and illnesses, including dementia.
The logo for Club 122 Longevity illustrates this continual three-way collaborative. Portrayed as a simple shape of three lines and three points, the triangle has a rich and complex history. The triad form is reputed to have been significant to every advanced civilization across the history of time. To some it represents the trilogy that makes existence possible; others tout it as the perfect form.
Triangular examples abound, from the pyramids of ancient Egypt to transportation bridges to the Louvre Museum glass guardian to slices of pizza, pie, and cherry turnovers—not to overlook its impact in mathematics, art and architecture, jewelry, and percussive instruments in the best symphonies.
Indeed, the triangle is here to stay. So is Club 122 Longevity. May its members flourish in all aspects of optimum function—brain, body, and weight —going farther and aiming higher for as long as humanly possible on this planet.
To add a bit of longevity trivia, it is recorded that the “unflappable” Mrs. Calment, at age 85, took up fencing—offering one more creative way to aim high!