At Sun City West Assisted Living, 13810 W. Sandridge Drive, Florence Woodward, 101, Janet Orr, 104, and Lucille Duran, who will be 99 in August, are sharing their secrets to longevity.
Woodward says there is no secret, Orr adds it’s from healthy eating and Duran states it comes from hard work and dedication.
Woodward was born in Missouri Valley, IA. She was married to her husband, Bob, for 64 years, and they have three children, one daughter and two sons. They share one grandson. Bob worked in New York City for 64 years. Woodward likes to listen to books on cassette tapes, attends the exercise classes at the community and listens to all kinds of music.
She states that there is no secret to longevity, and says, “God has just been good to me.” She has been a resident at Sun City West Assisted Living since 2018.
Orr is from Pittsburgh and has been at Sun City West Assisted Living for almost a month. She was married to her husband, David, for 54 years. They are both very active. Orr loved playing golf and tennis. She enjoys watching it on TV, too. Orr also enjoys playing bridge and listening to music. She has three children and seven grandchildren. Orr was a housewife for many years; however, during the last couple of years of her husband’s career, she worked in his ophthalmologist practice. In addition, she was a caregiver to her mother, who she cared for for eight years.
Her secret to aging: “Well, it’s in my genes. My mom lived to be 103-years-old.” She also states that she ate healthy, home-cooked meals and plenty of vegetables.
Duran comes from San Luis, CO. She has been a resident for seven months now. Duran was married to Adlemo, who went by Al. They share two daughters, four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Duran loves working on puzzles, sewing, and bowling.
Duran grew up working at the age of 14, picking weeds on the farm. She eventually transitioned into working for large department stores and was a receptionist for the last six years of her work history. She worked until she was almost 70-years-old.
Her husband worked as a carpet cleaner and then eventually owned his own cleaning company. He also worked until he was almost 70 and transitioned to working part-time as a limo driver the last six years of his work history.