Knitting is secret to longevity, claims Australia's oldest person

Knitting is secret to longevity, claims Australia's oldest person (iStockphoto)

Australia's oldest resident has claimed that knitting is one of the secrets to living a long life.

Jane Gray, who was originally born in Angus, Scotland, reached 111 this week and celebrated her milestone in Sydney, STV reports.

Ms Gray is currently the 63rd oldest person in the world, although she has vowed to try and take the number one spot from 116-year-old American Besse Cooper.
She told the news site: "I'll beat that. I don't feel any different. I don't see what's stopping me."

When trying to describe how she had lived such a long and healthy life, she attributed staying in close contact with her family and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

"I don't smoke, I don't drink, but I like knitting. If I could dance I would be happy. Now I can just lift my feet and kick," she said.

The great-great-grandmother of one embarked on a trip to the other side of the world at the age of 27 and hasn’t looked back.

She married within only 48 hours of touching down in Australia after meeting her future husband John Gray on a blind date.

They lived happily for 60 years together, raising a family and running a poultry farm.

She lived independently on her own till she was well past her 100th birthday, keeping herself occupied with friends, knitting patterns and puzzles.

Ms Gray now stays with her daughter, however is still surprisingly active for her age.

Speaking to the publication, her 86-year-old nephew Ian Morris said: "She never smoked, seldom drinks, but loved the bingo and was reading six books at a time well into her hundreds."

She continues to knit, and especially enjoys making teddy bears for charity although readily admits that occasionally she needs a little help picking up dropped stitches.

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