“Louise was hysterical. She said “I’ve been doing interviews and getting a party since I was 99. I’ve had it!” So — I think she really doesn’t care much about the fuss,” Layton explained to Bored Panda. “I loved and appreciated her matter of fact personality and sense of humor. Yet — she was genuinely appreciative of so many people wanting to celebrate.”
“For me to see Louise it was an honor because it’s like meeting history. I always wish I had gotten to have one more conversation or gotten one more story out of my grandparents who have both passed. So to get to talk to someone who has seen it and lived it all and get to ask her questions really was a privilege and an experience I won’t forget.”
Layton’s strongest impression of Louise Jean was how tough she is: “She’s this adorable, small lady dressed beautifully in pale pink. Yet, she’s legally blind, survived a serious bout with pneumonia two years ago and also survived being attacked and mugged in her apartment when she was 103 years old! That takes grit!”
“After talking to her, I think the key to living a long life is doing what makes you happy. Sounds simple. But it’s not necessarily… How often do we try to live our lives for other people rather than put our own happiness first? And I don’t mean in a selfish way,” pondered Layton. “But Louise remains active — dancing, lunch with friends, bingo — and joked she never got married and that was a key. Bottom line — she was true to herself and what she wanted. That’s a secret that needs to get out.”
The 107-year-old still stays active and eats well (Italian food, no sugary things like cake or soda)
Fortunately for us, Louise Jean also had some other handy tips to staying healthy and living longer. “Italian food. Italian food is very good for you. I was brought up with very good food. No soda, no cake,” she revealed to the media, also stating that she stays active in the Bartow Community Center in Coop City where she currently lives. “If they have exercise, I do the exercise. If they have dancing, I dance. I still do a little dancing. After my lunch, I will play bingo, so I had a full day.”
Louise Jean had over 100 people at her 107th birthday party, and I’m sure that we’re all just a bit jealous of how much love and attention she’s getting. Jealous in a good way.
However, the woman’s life hasn’t been without its challenges. She’s legally blind, recently beat pneumonia, and at 103, was assaulted and robbed. Louise Jean overcame these hurdles and kept on going.
Currently, the world’s oldest living woman in the US is Atelia Murphy, who is 114. She also lives in New York.
Jean Louise celebrated her 107th birthday. She says the secret to her long life may have been never getting married
She had heard it 106 times before, today made 107! #Happy #Birthday Ms. Louise 😘 Tonight at 6, we talk high heels, marriage and well, you’ll see 😜 @abc7ny #abc7ny #bronx #party #celebrate #shedidit #dance #song #cake #music pic.twitter.com/9P5brOwM1f— Kemberly Richardson (@kemrichardson7) July 31, 2019