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109-Year-Old Woman Claims Avoiding Men Is The Secret To A Long Life

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Everyone who gets to a ripe old age is asked the same question: ‘What’s the secret to a long and healthy life?’. Most of the time, the answer is healthy eating and exercise, but 109-year-old Scotswoman, Jessie Gallan, has claimed that avoiding men has kept her young.


Jessie was born on a farm in 1906 in Kintore, Scotland. She, her five sisters and one brother all grew up together in a small, two-room cottage.


Her first job was in a farm kitchen, before she moved to the city as a housemaid for a wealthy businessman. Eventually, she started her career in the service industry both in the country and the city.

When she got older, Gallan moved into the Crosby House, a residential care home for seniors. One of the support workers told the local news station: “Jessie is a lovely woman. She has got her best friend here, Sarah Jane, and they are always together. She likes her music and likes her exercise class and is a very independent person. She is always walking about.”

She passed away in March 2015 but she left behind the secret to long life, avoid men.

“My secret to a long life has been staying away from men,” said Gallan. “They’re just more trouble than they’re worth.”

Well, there you have it. Easy enough, right? Right?!

Mel Ramsay

Mel Ramsay

Senior Editorial Manager
Mel Ramsay is the Senior Editorial Manager at Media Chain. She started her career writing obituaries and funeral guides online. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of national and local news sites. She worked at LADbible Group for three years, starting off as a journalist and then moving up to Senior Journalist and finally Senior Social Editor. She is part of the BBC's Generation project and has spoken about young people, politics and mental health on television, radio and online. Contact her - [email protected]