If you or your ageing loved ones want to age at home, family members may have wondered how long can someone remain living at home in their ageing years.

This question depends very much on health and planning, how much support from family and friends there is, and probably a number of other known and unknown factors.

It was inspiring to read in the newspaper in recent weeks that a retired farmer, who passed away recently at age 113, in a small town called Bienvenida, Spain, lived at home until his passing away.

He and family attributed his long life foremost to a diet of vegetables grown on his own land.

Every morning for breakfast he would have sponge cake made with olive oil and a glass of milk.

He also went out for daily walks by himself until the age of 107. I would be interested if he continued to go on walks until the age of 113? (perhaps he was accompanied on walks after the age of 107?). However the brief newspaper article did not mention this, and internet research also did not reveal further details.

Francisco Olivera was his name, and he was well-known and well supported in his community where he lived all his life.

Please send us your best suggestions for ideas for over 90 year olds who love to remain living at home – best ways to meet new people and make new friends?

The reality is, that those living to over 90 years old have outlived most or all of their friends. Whilst making friends is not hugely reported to be a high priority, due to many reporting being happy surrounded by family and grandchildren, we can’t help but wonder if there are some great ideas we can suggest to our 90 year old clients that they may enjoy, for meeting new people? The most common reason I hear, for not attending local seniors clubs and activities, is that the attendees are ‘young’, with mostly people 65 to 80’s attending.

So what do you or your loved ones in their 90’s enjoy doing for social outings?

Please let us know by posting comments below.

Our philosophy at Home Care Assistance is based on the research findings from the Okinawa elderly in Japan – our carers are trained to educate our elderly clients about the benefits of a plant-based diet high in fibre, omega-3 fatty acids and flavanoids, a life-long routine of moderate physical activity, and low stress.

Anecdotes from around the world from centenarians, such as the story of Francisco Olivera, seem to similarly point to the benefits of plant-based diets, low stress, community and daily mild to moderate exercise.

Please post comments on what you believe contributes to longevity and being able to live at home during the later years of life?