Pamplin Media Group – Living the blue zone
Nedra Dean, 91, is a living example of the importance of healthy eating and living
Longevity and lifestyle are often seen as closely related, and Nedra Dean, 91, of Prineville, testifies to this assumption.
Nedra arrived in Prineville in 1996. She and her husband lived in New Mexico as he was retired from the Shell Corporation. With declining health, the Deans made the decision to move to Prineville, where their son, Jim Dean lived.
“At the time, he was working for the fire department,” Nedra said. “Finally he said to me, ‘Mom, you better move here because you’re going to need me’, which was very true.”
They moved to a new neighborhood in Prineville and only four years later her husband passed away.
“I am so grateful that my son is here,” she added.
Nedra’s daughter lives in Eugene and her two children were there for her at this crucial time. She came to love the community and her neighborhood. His friends are in his church, the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
“I love Prineville. It’s like New Mexico in a lot of ways. People are people everywhere you go,” she said.
She went on to say that if she needed anything, she could count on one of her church members to come and help her – all she had to do was make a phone call. Some of her close friends, Yolanda and Ron Jahn, are particularly important to her.
“I think it’s just the feeling of knowing – the knowledge – that if I was to have really drastic help, I know who to call,” Nedra said.
“Being friends with Nedra for over 20 years is like sitting at her mother’s feet, listening spellbound to the incredible stories of her childhood and her life as a young adult, as a mother, as a grandmother and as a Christian. “, commented Yolanda Jahn of their friendship.
“Nedra was only 8 years old when she felt that God was pulling on her sensitive cords with the need to know Him, to have a relationship with Him and to learn the spiritual truth from His written word, the Bible. as a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, Nedra blessed the lives of her family and friends both in church and in the community with her unwavering love and care, her wise and spiritual guidance, and her loyalty to God ” , Yolanda continued.
“Over the years, Nedra has served her Lord in many ways in the church and in the community. My husband, Ron, and I will be forever grateful for his unwavering support, love and care, and enduring friendship. “, she concluded.
Nedra was an only child and when she was orphaned when she was young, she was raised by her grandparents.
“I know what it’s like to be alone, and I’m probably trained for that type of life. I would probably go crazy if I had eight or nine siblings right now. I’m so suited to living alone. “she said of her living conditions.
Nedra has a very healthy lifestyle and has been a vegetarian since her daughter was in high school. She started cooking the vegetarian diet around this time. She also gets many products for her diet from Jahns, and she believes that diet is extremely important for a healthy lifestyle.
“This is my life, this is my church, my Lord and my family,” she said of her priorities and the fact that she has very few living families apart from her children and grandchildren. -children.
Asked about the advice she would pass on to today’s youngsters, she stressed the importance of having a healthy social life.
“Pay attention to your social life,” she added. “You really have to teach your kids how to shape their lives when they’re little.”
In November 2005, National Geographic Magazine published a cover article, “Secrets of a Long Life. Five Blue Zones.” The residents of the Blue Zones shared common lifestyle characteristics that contributed to their longevity. The evidence gathered demonstrated why these populations lived healthier and longer lives than other populations. It included the populations that lived in the Blue Zones, including Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Costa Rica; Icaria, Greece; and Seventh-day Adventists in Loma Linda, California.
Jim Dean, Nedra’s son, said his mother has benefited greatly from his lifestyle as a Seventh-day Adventist. He noted that she had been a vegetarian her entire life.
“I’m not a vegetarian, but there must be something about it because she’s 90 years old and doing pretty well.”
He pointed out that many people who lived in the blue zone were vegetarians. Although they did not live in that specific area growing up, her sister attended college in Loma Linda.
“I have two wonderful children,” Nedra concluded.
Nedra Dean pauses for a photo at her 24-year-old residence in Prineville.
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