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This 107-Year-Old Woman Says The Secret To Long Life Is Staying Single

This 107-Year-Old Woman Says The Secret To Long Life Is Staying Single

Want the secret to living a long and happy life? According to this 107-year-old woman, the key is to stay single.

Sprightly spinster, Irene Green believes never marrying has helped her live a healthy life without "too many worries".

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Irene spent her younger years being extremely active and 'getting up to mischief'. (Credit: SWNS)
Irene spent her younger years being extremely active and 'getting up to mischief'. (Credit: SWNS)

Irene, known by friends as Reeny, who celebrated her 107th birthday on Wednesday 30th October, never married because nobody asked her. But she's never minded, instead spending time with all of her friends, keeping active and "getting up to mischief".

Reeny from Scarborough, North Yorkshire, said: "The answer to a long life is being happy, not being married, not having too many worries, good food and a good upbringing.

"I had some very good friends all my life."

Dulverton House care home where Irene lives in Scarborough threw her a party for her 107th birthday. (Credit: SWNS)
Dulverton House care home where Irene lives in Scarborough threw her a party for her 107th birthday. (Credit: SWNS)
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As well as never being married, Reeny credits her "long, happy and fulfilled" life to a good upbringing, good food, exercise and fresh air.

She was an avid hiker in her younger days and enjoyed canoeing and visiting dance halls.

Now, she's slowed down a bit and prefers a slightly quieter life in general, taking naps, sitting in the garden and getting her hair done.

Reeny loved to get glammed up as a youngster and nothing's changed. (Credit: SWNS)
Reeny loved to get glammed up as a youngster and nothing's changed. (Credit: SWNS)

But she made an exception for her birthday.

For the big day, staff at Dulverton House care home where Reeny lives in the coastal resort of Scarborough, helped her celebrate her special day with a tea party and treated Reeny to a new outfit so she could get herself glammed up.

She even received a birthday card from the Queen.

Irene had more than a dozen visitors on her birthday. (Credit: SWNS)
Irene had more than a dozen visitors on her birthday. (Credit: SWNS)

Many of her visitors were children of her lifelong pals, who now class Reeny as a friend themselves.

Angela Webster, manager at the home, said: "The party was fantastic, it was a brilliant day.

"Reeny looked fabulous. She wanted a new party outfit and loves jewellery and a spritz of perfume.

"She's very happy and likes to be glam and pampered.

When Reeny was young she loved to dance, swim and play tennis. (Credit: SWNS)
When Reeny was young she loved to dance, swim and play tennis. (Credit: SWNS)

"She had visitors all day and it really brought her to life. She was amazing, she was a proper party host and she was really happy.

"She has such a fantastic positive outlook on life, even now. She just loves life and she is a very happy person.

"The other residents in the care home love her, they think she is amazing."

We're not surprised, this 107-year-old who was born the same year as Titanic set sail, in 1912, must have a serious amount of stories to tell.

Reeny was born the same year as the titanic set sail in 1912. (Credit: SWNS)
Reeny was born the same year as the titanic set sail in 1912. (Credit: SWNS)

Reeny was chuffed with the party, saying it "was one of the best days of my life".

Reeny added: "When I was younger I liked getting into mischief, like most young people do."

"I liked going dancing at the Spa and the Olympia and I loved swimming and playing tennis."

Reeny was quite the lively lady - who needs a partner to make you happy when you can be this happy alone?

She's not the only one to say singledom is the key to happiness either, Jessie Gallan, who was officially the oldest woman in Scotland when she died in 2015 at 109, said her long life was all down to being single.

Lil Cox and Doris Hobday, Britain's oldest identical twins agree too, putting their old age down to not having sex....and plenty of Guinness. Legends.

Let's hear it for all the single ladies.

Featured Image Credit: SWNS

Topics: Life News, Real, Health

Lauren Bell

A freelance journalist working for Tyla. After graduating with a journalism degree, Lauren started off in real life magazines before moving into the fashion and lifestyle sector at the likes of Mail Online and Sun Online. Contact Tyla: [email protected]

 

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