Ruth Schneider to celebrate 100th birthday
Ruth Schneider is about to join an elite group — centenarians — those who live to and past age 100.
One in every 10,000 individuals in the U.S. reaches the age of 100; there are currently an estimated 60,000 centenarians in the U.S. For the past decade, researchers have marveled at these folks who often live independently — and free of major disabilities — well into their 90s, if not longer. The reason, say scientists who study this elite group: centenarians may possess genes that protect them from disease into old age.
Ruth doesn’t have any secrets for longevity. She attributes her long life to exercise — both mental and physical. She keeps active walking and has her routine of exercises she has done for years. She keeps her mind busy with her sewing, crossword puzzles, playing piano and reading books. She has never believed in dieting — “Just eat what’s on the table!” she says.
Did she ever think about growing old to 100? “Heavens no!” she said.
Ruth A. Kaale, the fourth and youngest child of Ole and Anna Kaale, was born on March 23, 1918, in their home in Lamberton.
See complete story in this week's edition of the Springfield Advance-Press.