Woman Of 103 Stays Young By Playing Daily Piano Recitals At Her Assisted Living Facility

Woman Of 103 Stays Young By Playing Daily Piano Recitals At Her Assisted Living Facility

Ruth Everson's music makes people happy, and she credits this to her staying youthful.

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It's quite rare to find something you love and keep at it for years together. It's also amazing when the thing you love is actually what keeps you young. Ruth Everson is 103-years-old but she just seems to be getting younger by the day. Ruth, from Paynesville, Minnesota, has been playing the piano since she was five, reports WCCO. Her love for the instrument has only grown with each passing year. Now, she puts on daily recitals for the residents at Stearns Place Assisted Living and she credits this to her staying youthful. "You make people happy and I like to be happy," Everson told WCCO about why she plays the piano.


It's all because of her father that Everson fell in love with music. He used to drop her off for music lessons while he brought milk cans into Grove City using horse-drawn wagons for his business. According to People, with time, she got better at it, so her parents sold one of their cows so they could afford to get Everson a piano.  Later on, Everson honed her skills and went on to become the first organist at Paynesville Lutheran Church in 1938.


She’s also had the time and chance to teach her grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to play the graceful instrument and also made new friendships through her music. "You meet a lot of people playing the piano. And I’m a people person," Everson said. "I like to be happy." Everson still keeps playing the piano and she performs recitals every day at her assisted living facility. She sits down to perform as her fellow residents enjoy lunch at 11:45 every day.


She prepares some songs herself and also accepts requests from other residents. Everson’s son, Ken Hanson said, "When she plays the songs that people know there are smiles on their faces and you can see that they are enjoying the music that they remember." Resident Kathee Martinson added, "She’s told me it’s the reason she gets up in the morning. She has something to do and we would be disappointed if she wasn’t here."


Music can play such a pivotal role in someone's life and Everson's music is much sought after. She's been requested to even play the piano while a resident is about to take their last breath. She truly is a multi-faceted woman, because, in addition to playing piano, Everson has taken on a therapist role, too, often listening to many of the residents’ problems. "She’s an amazing lady," Martinson said. "She’s a very active lady and very sweet. Always has been and always will be."


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