Jeunessima
Leading the Way to Longevity. An Interview with Bernadeane Brown, Co-Founder of People Unlimited cover
Be Inspired Your Mind

Leading the Way to Longevity. An Interview with Bernadeane Brown, Co-Founder of People Unlimited

A light has gone out ... Bernie, one of the earliest leaders and advocates for longevity, a woman who never gave in despite many challenges in her life, finally succumbed to breast cancer at the age of 87 after having temporarily won against it again and again over the last years. She is now cryopreserved with the hope to be revived in the future.

Read one of the interviews I had done with her below ... an extract from Jeunessima Magazine 27.

Bernadeane Brown, an early leader in longevity & immortality

Bernadeane Brown … lovingly called Bernie by her friends … is a glowing example of a woman leader motivating and enlightening others to break out of the ageism box and live a very long and vigorous life.

In this interview, I spoke with Bernie about what it takes to be a great leader in a field that many perceive to be crazy, how to overcome hardships and challenges in your personal and business life, and how to keep your energy up as a leader … especially as you age.

Before we dive into the interview, let me tell you a little more about Bernie.

Bernie is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of People Unlimited and … Co-host of RAADFest, a unique event focused on antiaging and age reversal bringing scientific information to a wider audience.

She has been advocating radical life extension and physical immortality for over five decades, focusing particularly on the habits and mindset of an ageless lifestyle.

She inspires especially women to go beyond the limitations of traditional roles to redefine themselves for an unlimited future.

At the age of 85 and despite having had to fight plenty of challenges, including cancer, Bernie is going strong and leading the longevity & immortality movement with plenty of passion & energy.

Many People Believe That the Idea of Curing Aging, of Radical Life Extension & Physical Immortality is Crazy. What Do You Think?

One day when I was 20 years old, I was driving my car. I turned on the radio, and I heard this individual speaking about the physical body. He said that the physical body doesn't have to die.

When he said that, it was like: "Oh, wow!" I could feel that. And I really didn't go into any questions about it. It just seemed that's what it should be for the human body. And so, from that point on, I have given myself to living without an end.

We're having more acceptance today than we had 50 years ago. People are becoming more and more aware of the vastness of the physical body.

More and more individuals are really just waking up. They don't want to die. They want to live. They want a healthy body. Nobody wants to live a long life and not be healthy.

I'm not trying to convince anybody anymore that we can live free of death. I do have that in my mindset that I can do this. It's never been done, but what have I got to lose? I don't care if I'm considered ridiculous.

What Do You Tell People Who Focus on ‘Old’?

I'm here to have fun in my life. I'm not here to struggle.

I don't want to go back to my youth. I lived that to the fullest, and I don't want to go back there. Middle age, I lived that to the fullest, and I don't want to return there. Same thing with old age.

I carry in my body not to go with old. There's an old chemistry that really is killing the body. And every year you feel older.

I look forward to every year. I want to stay alive. Why wouldn't I want to be 100 years old and more and keep going and keep strong and build my life in a way that is so precious?

I think we need to start appreciating every year that comes. And it's been hard. I've seen changes in myself being here longer, but wow, I've got a fire in my gut.

And that really does help me.

It takes a lot of desire to want to live. It takes a reason. We have to have that purpose.

I want to stay healthy and alive long enough to live forever because, honestly, there are going to be changes that we can't see [yet]. Right now, we're already seeing changes that we never thought were going to happen. So, I'm in for the long journey.

Watch this video to see what Bernie would tell people who believe they are old, how she thinks about living your life as a business woman, grandmother as you age … and how she addresses change …

Bernadeane Brown in an interview with Ines O'Donovan, PhD: What Do You Tell People Who Focus on ‘Old’?

What Does It Take to Be a Leader in an Innovative & Unusual Field?

When we look at what it means to be a successful leader, there are many opinions on what leadership qualities and leadership skills you need. Having 85 years of experience in this life, Bernie's best tips for women leaders include …

  • Be yourself. “Every person has something more to give than I do. … It’s wonderful to get in touch with who we are as individuals, that we’re not just somebody trying to be like somebody else. … Competition really comes from insecurity. And when we really know who we are, we don’t have to protect that.”
  • It is okay not to know everything
  • Be open and honest. “Some things are not easy, but it gets easier the more we do it, the more we open ourselves and be really straight”
  • Stop what doesn’t serve you … and this includes toxic relationships. It also means taking responsibility for removing everything that brings death
  • Be willing to truly make some changes
  • Build and surround yourself with a community of like-minded people who respect and want to build on and support each other
  • Share compliments. “In this world … beautiful women are hardly ever told by another woman how beautiful they are. And they should be”

What Tips Would You Give Business Women, Particularly Women Leaders Struggling to Maintain High Energy Levels as They Age?

Bernadeane Brown in an interview with Ines O'Donovan: Tips for Women Leaders and Entrepreneurs Who Struggle to Maintain High Energy Levels as They Age

How to Avoid Energy Drains & Exhaustion … Especially as You Age?

It's [about] letting go. To know where [a] person is coming from. They feel differently than me. So, I just receive that. It makes it easier for me. Not everybody is going to feel what I feel. I'm so glad I'm smart enough now to know that. And I'm not giving myself in ways that de-energize me.

I understand what I'm about and what I feel. How ridiculous it can seem to somebody who all they've ever heard is that they're born to die, that from the dust they come, to the dust they return. And it just seems like god is the one who is seeing them through all of this.

I have to let go, and I want them to do what really is them. I'm doing what's really me, and I'm going to continue to do that. There's a freedom that I have found in receiving myself and also recognizing other people where they are and letting them. They're going to do what they're going to do anyway. And I think it's important for me to respect them as individuals. It really brings about a quietness in my nervous system.

You Had to Go Through Many Hardships, Including Rape and Cancer. How Did You Deal With It?

We all have to go through different hardships throughout our lives. Many people give up at that stage. They don't believe that the world can be better again.

Bernie has endured various hardships throughout her 85 years on this earth so far. The two most challenging were being raped repeatedly as a teenager and having been diagnosed with breast cancer seven years ago.

Many of us would break, but Bernie has used those hardships to develop more strength.

In the case of rape, she was able to forgive the person … and not just in her mind. She actually spoke with him. She said …

I had to forgive him to not have that tormented feeling in my body. I forgave him, and when I did, he cried. He said, I couldn't help myself. And he said, I'm sorry, but that's the way it was. … And I knew that was true, that he himself had some kind of an issue and a sickness in his person.

I'm so grateful that I could forgive him. I never forgot it, but I forgave him. And it released in me that train of thought, and I needed to not be there … for my own advancement. And so I'm glad that I could do that.

But what about the cancer? Getting cancer is one of the biggest fears we all face. Bernie says …

I feel like my person, my body is more than the cancer.

She has gone through different therapies and keeps "finding ways to walk free of it."

I'm better than I've ever been with it. And I just have such determination, and I do have courage, and I have a hunger for something more all the time and not to stop, to keep moving on.

I've had my fears. It's normal, of course. Cancer is one of the big enemies. I realize that. And I'm not living in some kind of a fantasy around it. I faced all the realities of it, but I have this amazing experiencing in my person that I'm necessary, that people need me. They need to hear this sound of me because it does something for them.

Bernie’s Top Tips for Living an Exceptionally Long Life

  • Get some blood tests done to identify how you can improve your vitamins and other supplements, the eating habits & types of physical activity that complement you best
  • Let your beauty shine from the inside out. Don't worry about wrinkles. Be confident about ongoing research looking for ways to renew our bodies
  • Have people around you that love you and that you love

This interview is an extract from Jeunessima Magazine 27 ... available as an app for your tablet and phone on the Apple Store and ... Google Play/Android Store, and to read on your Desktop at Jeunessima.Academy.

Jeunessima Magazine 27 featuring Bernadeane Brown, a leader in longevity
Ines O'Donovan, PhD
Join me on

You Might Also Like

How Smiling can Improve your Confidence and Health

Jeunessima

Jeunessima Friday Lifestyle Delights 10. Tips for Busy Women over 40

Ines O'Donovan, PhD

How To Clear Your Mind

Ines O'Donovan, PhD
Loading ....