Face of the day

Jessie Gallan

Jessie Gallan -Photo: HEMEDIA

Today’s face of the day Jessie Gallan is 109 and has a little secret that she is willing to share with us all. It is her secret for living so long.

I love how media always ask people who reach 100+ what their secret is because their answers are often fascinating and Jessie is no exception. Based on what she says I have not got many years left to look forward to so best I swing from the chandeliers while I still can!

The oldest woman in Scotland has revealed a surprising theory on the secret to a long and healthy life: lots of porridge and staying away from men.
Jessie Gallan celebrated her 109th birthday at a care home in Aberdeen on 2 January with a slice of cake.
“My secret to a long life has been staying away from men. They’re just more trouble than they’re worth,” she told the Daily Mail.
“I also made sure that I got plenty of exercise, eat a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning and have never gotten married.”
Ms Gallan was born in a two-room farm cottage in Aberdeenshire and left home at 13 to become a milkmaid.

The chirpy centenarian also revealed that a strong work ethic has helped her live a long and happy life.

“It’s amazing to see how completely different the world is now from the one I grew up in,” she added.

A 127-year-old Mexican woman, believed to be the world’s oldest person, recently said her love of chocolate is the key to her longevity.


Phew, thank goodness for the Mexican woman, there is hope for me yet.

Personally I prefer a nice warm armful of man every morning and staying away from porridge

Porridge, the secret to a long life?

Porridge, the secret to a long life?







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  • Ginny

    I bet Jessie is in a resthome. May as well be in prison or dead me thinks.

  • GoingRight

    I’m with you, I dislike porridge and wouldn’t be without hubby. When I used to nurse spent short time in rest home and some of the residents were very old, and I always used to ask if their parents had also lived to a ripe old age and usually the answer was yes. So I always put living till one is very old down to ones genes.

  • Nige.

    Oh good. I also think men are trouble. I prefer women too.

    • MrBarrington

      I’m with the lesbians… I like women too!

  • metalnwood

    I am pretty sure most who have loved and had a family would prefer to die a few years short of 100 than give it all away to die lonely as a centenarian.

  • LesleyNZ

    Porridge made with milk and topped with brown sugar and lashings of cream – yummy. I have an Auntie who is 99. I think she used to like Weetbix and toast for breakfast – but she does LOVE chocolate.

  • kaykaybee

    Had a ROFL moment there so thanks for that SB. I just rang Mum to warn her she’d better ditch Dad pronto if she wants to live much past the Queen’s telegram. She seemed more concerned about attending to her nose powdering ( ah the 50s!) so I left her to mull over whether endless plates of porridge and a room in a rest home might perhaps be a better goal than to sit in the sun with her man laughing about a life shared ( highs and lows) and reflecting on the arrival of your latest great granddaughter…….tough choice – not!

  • dgrogan

    Rolled oats are great. Women are trouble – but mostly worth it.

  • Grocersgirl

    I’m sure a nice warm armful of man PLUS a nice warm bowl of porridge every morning won’t do you any harm SB.

  • LesleyNZ

    Mind you – the men who Jessie says are “more trouble than they are worth” are probably Scotsmen. Maybe they are more troublesome…………………..

  • NotGandalf

    OK after reading the last bit of that article – I realised I had neglected to check if SB or Cam had written it ;)