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Health Tips From People Who've Lived 100-plus Years

Dorris T. O'Dell

Dorris T. O'Dell

Age: 102

Dorris enjoys a close relationship with her caregiver, Judy, at Marion Woods in Ocala, Florida. "I look forward to seeing her smile coming through that door in the morning, and what I enjoy most are my meals. I never deprived myself of anything"

The Toughest Times Are When You Lose Someone You Love

"Losing my father was one of the hardest blows in all my life. He took such good care of us kids. We always had plenty to eat and clothes to wear. He died too young. I took care of my in-laws for 28 years and that was tough. Does that count?" Dorris gives a wink.

Bacon? You Bet!

"I used to drink Scotch, and we went to a lot of dances and parties. Man, was that fun! I ate bacon, drank and swore, and ate all the chocolate I wanted."

"I Still Have My Memories"

Dorris is happy that she can still remember all the way back to her childhood. Even at 102, she has her eyesight and hearing (with the help of a hearing aid), and a great appetite. "I've lived a good long life. I was married to Dewitt H. O'Dell for 66 years. That's almost a record these days."

Wouldn't Change a Thing

Dorris says it's best not to worry about regrets. "I try to live each moment. I've been so blessed. I had good parents and a long marriage, and I still have my health. I have a good place to stay and good food. Life couldn't be better."

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