In an article found online from Rolla, Missouri, there are five women at Presbyterian Manor who will celebrate birthdays of 100 or more this year. These five women are centenarians, or people who live to be one hundred years old or more. The article states that of the 299 million people living in the United States, 70,000 are estimated centenarians.
The five women were asked to share their experiences and tips for living, resulting in this “top ten” list of lessons learned and for others to live a long, enjoyable life.
Lesson #1: “Don’t drink coffee or soda; they’re bad for your health.” – Mildred Harris, birthday August 27th
Lesson #2: “Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.” – Gladys Stuart, birthday November 23rd
Lesson #3: “Walk everywhere.” – Mildred Harris, Gladys Stuart
Lesson #4: “Work hard; it makes you stronger.” – Viola Semas, birthday July 19th
Lesson #5: “Take life easy, and don’t stress over things.” – Grace Wolfson, birthday July 15
Lesson #6: “Go outside, and get some fresh air.” – Gladys Stuart
Lesson #7: “Drink lots of water.” – Mildred Harris
Lesson #8: “If you never take a stand, you’ll always be wrong. If you take a stand, you may be wrong sometimes, but you can also be right sometimes.” – Mildred Leaver, birthday June 10th
Lesson #9: “Be yourself and fulfill your dreams.” – Viola Semas
And Lesson #10: “Aging is all about attitude, not about number of years.” – Mildred Leaver