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Secrets of Independent Living

I just read an inspiring story about a pair of newlyweds fromFlorida. The couple leads an interesting, carefree, and active life in avariety of ways including travel, hobbies, and political activism, to name afew.

They met at a gym where each of them worked out and continue toattend a few times a week. Once they were introduced they became inseparable.Often seen driving around in a red Toyota Corolla, holding hands and kissing,they were obviously falling in love. She is 98 and he is 94.

When looking for the answers to what kept them so young at heart,they explain that they don’t look at life’s obstacles - they simply do whatthey want to do. Trying not to over-think or over-worry things they cannotchange helps them live well and on their own terms.

It made me think of my parents, married when they were 21 and 25.That was the norm for the time. They had a courtship of just three months.Going strong now for over 57 years, it’s an inspiration to all of their kids tosee them living healthy, loving and independent lives together. I asked themwhat they thought their secret was staying together to which they replied,“It’s important that when we’ve decided to do something, we know that we haveeach other’s support.”

I’m a people watcher, especially at airports. There are a lot ofinteresting people wandering about. When I see senior couples I can’t help butwonder what their secrets are tostaying healthy and how they maintain the ability to travel, especially internationally.

Look at your own family and ask your elders what stories andperspectives they might have to share. It could be time to invite Mom and Dadout for dinner and ask them for some details. It could be a fun and warmexperience for your parents to reminisce and share their insights with you.

As much as we love to hear these stories of successfulindependent living, most of us understand that sometimes there comes a timewhen Mom and Dad cannot live on their own. This can be a tough family decision asto how to keep them safe. Senior Care Authority is here to help you during thistime with a no-cost phone call consultation at (888) 854-3910. We havemany resources to share with you. You can also find a local advisor on ourwebsite at

Written by Guest Blogger,Jennifer Smit

Secrets of Independent Living