Doing what you love, helping others and staying active are some of the keys to living well at any age.
Living to the age of 90 is a milestone to be celebrated, even though it’s much more common now to reach that age than it was even a decade ago. For most of us boomers, the odds are fairly good that we will live to our 90s and beyond…and we can take a lesson from the folks recently honored at The Friendship Centers who have reached that age and beyond. Here’s what they had to share:
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?
Ron Scheff, 90, has been married to his lovely wife, Janet, for 65 years. He attributes his longevity to living a good life. He smiled and said: “I have a pleasant life, we have a good marriage, and we’re still in love. It’s working for us.” The pair dances four times a week at the Friendship Center in Sarasota. They moved here 20 year ago from Long Island, and share a love of the arts – they haven’t missed a ballet opening since their arrival.
Audrey Guenther 92, a New Jersey native, is an active volunteer who comes to the Center daily and helps with the Balance Movement Class and anywhere she’s needed. She shares her smile generously, has a quick wit and loves dancing. Her tip for longevity? “Just keep going. Think positive. Check on your health, and be happy.”
BUILD A NETWORK OF FRIENDS
Mary Conway, who was born April 4, 1923, has been coming to the Friendship Centers for nine years, both as a volunteer helping in the dining room and as a participant. She rides the bus twice a week to the Center and loves “music, dancing and the people she meets.”
About Peg Palmer
Peg Palmer is director of communications and public education for the Friendship Centers. She has been with Senior Friendship Centers since 1996, and is editor of Prime Times, published by the Sarasota Herald Tribune.