Chippewa Manor residents celebrate living longer than average

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- If the age-old saying "the older, the wiser" is true a birthday celebration at Chippewa Manor with more than sixty 90-year-olds and above might just be one of the most clever parties to date!

The Eau Claire City-County Health Department says the average age expectancy in Wisconsin is 80-years-old.

However, with a total of 6,400 of life between them the residents at Chippewa Manor are above average.

“Four of them are 100 plus years,” said activates director Amber Mitra. “How cool is that?”

Charlotte Vodak, 94, says it's just a number and with the right mindset nobody needs to ever get old.

“I don't even think about it. I feel I'm 59!” said Vodak. “I will not get old. I made up my mind I'm not going to get old.”

Lieske Giese, director of the health department, says there are a couple of factors that will make a large different in living longer.

“Not smoking, making sure you're physically active in keeping your weight at a healthy level and making sure you get a high school education,” explained Giese. “Those three things can make an enormous difference in the outcome for people long-term.”

Staying healthy is what Lorraine Thompson, 101, says is helping her longevity.

“I never drank coffee; I always drank milk,” said Thompson. “Still to this day I drink milk three times a day. I eat healthy foods but I don't overeat.”

Ema and Ray Behling have been by each other’s sides for 71-years which they say they own to a little exercise and plenty of forgiveness.

“Always forgive and forget,” said Ray.

However Vodak says at the end of a birthday, laughter is everything.

“You've got to laugh every day,” said Vodak. “You've got to find something to laugh about every day and if you don't you're stuck!”



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