Kindness to others, activity are secrets to longevity
Sandy centenarian credits good food, manners for milestone birthday
Lorna Elberson has a bit of advice for the young.
And by young, she means almost everyone else.
Elberson was born June 21, 1916, in Miles City, Mont. Now a resident of the Avamere at Sandy, Elberson celebrated her 100th birthday at the senior living community on Tuesday.
Her advice is simple: Be nice to people, she said. It makes you happy. You stay happy that way. You dont have to be mean to everybody.
As a child, Elberson and her family moved to Deer Lodge, Mont. She later attended business school and became a secretary for Safeway Grocers. On May 23, 1941, she wed her husband, Bud. The couple were married for 75 years and raised three children together Lynette, Leslie and Bill. She has 10 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren.
Elberson is a longtime horse lover, and enjoyed horseback riding until her 70s.
Elberson, who said its difficult to believe shes a centenarian, credits her longevity in part to healthy eating habits. Being pleasant hasnt hurt, either.
I think your grocery food intake is important, what you eat to keep alive, she said. And I think another thing thats important is getting aong with people.