Woman turns 107, shares her secret to longevity: 'I never got married'

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Thursday, August 1, 2019
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Kemberly Richardson has the story of a woman celebrating her 107th birthday in the Bronx.

BRONX, NEW YORK CITY -- More than 100 friends and family members gathered for a special party to celebrate the 107th birthday of a woman in New York City.

Louise Jean Signore was born on July 31, 1912, and on Wednesday, she celebrated her long life.

She's independent and lives alone and is very candid about her remarkable life and her secret to longevity.

The petite powerhouse was born in Manhattan and moved to the Bronx in 1926 -- and she has lived there ever since.

Even when she was in her 90s, Signore would swim each day at Orchard Beach, the Bronx's only beach.

She is also proud of her travels around the world.

"I was working for the (New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority), and in 1955, I took three months off and I went to Europe," she said.

She spends a lot of time at a local senior center and loves dancing, as well as an occasional glass of red wine.

She said she has never had a major surgery and has only broken a bone once.

But at 107 years old, she never imagined she'd live this long and attributes her longevity in part to an upbeat, adventurous spirit.

She says the key to her long life is pretty simple:

"Food and exercise and you have to have a system if you go to sleep at 11, don't go to at 9 o' clock, 2 o'clock, that's not good," she said.

She also jokes that her decision to never get married may have contributed to her longevity.

She was one of four siblings -- three of whom are still alive today, including her baby sister who turned 102 years old in March.