Louise Signore is a bit of an expert on living to be very, very old. The New Yorker just turned 107 and said that her secret for longevity was simple: she never got married.
"I think the secret of 107: I never got married. I think that's the secret. My sister says, 'I wish I never got married," she shared with New York's CBS affiliate, though it's worth noting that her sister is 102 years old.
Signore grew up in the Bronx and threw a party for her birthday at a community center in Coop City. She said that she stays active, doing all her own shopping and maintaining a healthy social life.
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"If they have exercise, I do the exercise. If they have dancing, I dance. I still a do a little dancing," she said. "After my lunch, I will play bingo, so I had a full day."
She added that the Italian food she was raised on helped her stay healthy for much of her life.
“Italian food. Italian food is very good for you,” she said. “I was brought up with very good food. No soda, no cake.”
Others attributed her good health to the fact that Signore is a well-known community fixture.
“I think that her connection with her neighbors in the community and also her friends here at the senior center help to keep her going,” said Aisha Parillon of the JASA Senior Center.
As for the actual birthday party, which brought nearly 100 members of that community out to celebrate, Signore joked that she could do without all the fussing.
"I’ve had enough parties,” she said.