"My sister says, 'I wish I never got married'." The Italian-American also added that eating Italian food could be a secret to longevity.
A woman who recently celebrated her 107th birthday revealed her secret to her long life. According to CNN, her secret is quite simple and actually pretty uncomplicated. All you have to do is stay single! Louise Signore, who lives in the Bronx in New York, takes care of herself quite well. She maintains a healthy diet and she likes to exercise regularly. Even with all of this, she believes the reason she's lived a long and healthy life is that she's never tied the knot. "If they have exercise, I do the exercise. If they have dancing, I dance. I still do a little dancing. After my lunch, I will play bingo, so I had a full day," Signore told CNN affiliate WCBS.
“Louise Signore, who lives in the Bronx in New York, maintains a healthy diet and exercises regularly. But she believes the real reason why she's enjoyed more than a century is because she never tied the knot.” Ms. Signore is 107 years old. #agingunmarried https://t.co/mfdbiRVJsH— SocialWorkinProgress (@socwkinprogress) July 31, 2019
There are people who are jealous of Signore's life. "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.'" However, Signore's sister is 102-years-old, so longevity might run in their family, irrespective of their marital status. Signore celebrated her milestone with a birthday party at the Bartow Community Center in Coop City. There were more than 100 people who attended the birthday bash for the lovely lady!
Wishing Co-op City's own Ms. Louise Signore a happy birthday! She turned 107 years young today! pic.twitter.com/ZAcP8D82sm— Co-op City Times (@coopcitytimes) July 31, 2019
But, the pretty lady in pink is someone who doesn't really want people to fuss around her. “I said I’ve had enough parties,” Louise said. Her sense of humor, which is quite the matter-of-fact kind, brings joy to her friends, some of whom are decades younger to her. But, even at 107, she's as healthy as a horse!“She’s got no walking cane, no wheelchair. She does all her shopping. She’s awesome,” her friend Deborah Whitaker said.
Happy birthday to #CoopCity's oldest resident, Louise Jean Signore, who turned an amazing 107 years old today!— Eliot Engel (@RepEliotEngel) July 31, 2019
Thank you @JASAseniors for holding this wonderful birthday party in her honor. #Bronx pic.twitter.com/bO3stFP2fE
“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, JASA’s senior director of senior services. But, aging with grace hasn't been without challenges. She’s legally blind, recently overcame pneumonia, and at 103 survived an assault and robbery in her apartment building. Her strength is inspiring, Layton reported.
Louise Signore was born in 1912, which was a year filled with change and innovation. This was the year that the Titanic hit an iceberg and sunk in the Atlantic ocean. In Boston, Fenway Park opened with an exhibition game between the Red Sox and Harvard College, and motorized movie cameras revolutionized Hollywood. Also, President William Howard Taft was in office and Woodrow Wilson won the November election. Two more states joined the union: New Mexico and Arizona.
Wishing a very special 107th Birthday to Ms. Louise Signore today. It is a blessing to be a part of a celebration of a lady who continues to share her wisdom and love to her community. pic.twitter.com/Sc3WRCSuqm— Councilman Andy King (@AndyKingNYC) July 31, 2019
Louise, thankfully, also has another tip for those who want to enjoy a long life. “Italian food. Italian food is very good for you,” Louise said. “I was brought up with very good food. No soda, no cake.” Currently, in the United States, 114-year-old Alelia Murphy holds the record for being the oldest living woman. Murphy lives in Harlem in New York, which is also where Signore was born.