Here are the oldest living identical twins in the world:
Looking pretty good, aren’t they—for 103?
What’s more, they’re feeling pretty good. They both have all their mental faculties, which in itself is extraordinary. They do not use hearing aids or glasses. They each live independently, although both are recovering from recent falls. And from the looks of the photo, they both have a ton of hair for their age.
There are a few health divergences. One had ovarian cancer years ago and recovered. One appears (as best I can tell from the photo, anyway) to have a slightly different graying pattern, and although hair dye might be involved I don’t think it is because the hair looks gray rather than dyed.
As far as their lives go, these have been similar as well. They each had one child. They both outlived their husbands, and live in Florida. And they’re both pretty mum about the cause behind their longevity:
According to the Daily Mail, Primack credits genes and “never being fat” while her twin Eisgrou says it’s because she drank lots of milk.
“Everybody asks me that. I don’t know what it was,” Primack told ABC. “I didn’t watch my food when I was young. I smoked. We all smoked.”
Eisgrou added: “I don’t know the secret to a long life. And I wouldn’t tell you if I knew it.”
“We love each other and we always will,” Primack told ABC.
That last sentence may hold the key to at least some of it. Twins don’t always get along, but when they do the bond is like no other. As for the rest, I highly suspect genetics, although with identical twins both nature and nurture conspire to make them similar.
Oh, and as for the hair, this article from the time of the 100th birthday tells the tale (although the color looks somewhat different back then):
While they both used to dye their hair red, Primack let hers grow out to a natural gray when the dye began to bother her scalp.
But Eisgrou keeps the color on.
“I didn’t want to go all gray,” she said. “Everybody tells me ‘you look younger.’”
Is “everybody” right about that?
[NOtE: Here’s the literary reference for the post’s title.]