A 109-year-old lady from southern Illinois shares some guidance for carrying on with a long life.
“I never smoked a cigarette in my life, I never drank liquor in my life, and I had one husband for 43 years,” Ruth Benjamin told the Wtvr. “And I love bacon!”
Ruth just had her 109th birthday. She was conceived in 1908 as one of her folks’ six kids.
Sometime in her life, she worked at Quakemaid in Terre Haute for a long time. She said she used to be a woman who was always on the go.
“I’ve been to Hawaii, I’ve been to Washington D.C., I’ve been to Niagara Falls. I’ve been about everywhere.”
Dr. Jim Turner of Cork Medical Center is Ruth’s specialist.
When Dr. Turner was asked about Ruth he said, “What do you do with someone who’s 109 years old?’ and my answer was ‘absolutely nothing. We don’t need to do anything.”
You’re completely wrong if you think Ruth has a long list of doctor’s advice. She’s healthy!
Curious about what’s Ruth’s key to a long life? Dr. Turner ascribes that to her perspective and way of thinking.
“Hard work. A loving family. A wonderful marriage. And she never drank, she never smoked, but she was happy. And I think that was the key to her longevity.”