109-year-old says happiness is key to long life

By on February 17, 2016
Miriam “Mim” Moore celebrates turning 109 years old at Luther Acres

Miriam “Mim” Moore celebrates turning 109 years old at Luther Acres.

Luther Acres resident Miriam “Mim” Moore, born Jan. 28, 1907, was one year old when the first Model T was introduced. She was five years old when the Titanic sank, 21 when penicillin was discovered, 34 when Pearl Harbor was attacked, 62 when man landed on the moon, and 93 when the world celebrated the millennium. Having just turned 109 — yes, 109 — her answer to the secret of living a long life is simple: “Just be happy!”

For those who know Mim, this answer is no surprise. She has a wonderful, contagious spirit about her that is evidenced by a quick, beautiful smile. Born and raised in Columbia, she has a love of her hometown that included many Saturday night dances at the Columbia Moose and being a regular at the lunch counter at Hinkle’s Pharmacy. She married J. Edwin Moore in 1935, and they had one child, a son, also named J. Edwin Moore, who now lives out of state. Mim attended St. John’s Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.

Mim continues her active lifestyle at Luther Acres Healthcare Center in Lititz, where she has resided since 2012.

“I’m really happy here, and I have good health!” Mim says.

Mim loves to sing, play cards and bingo, read and watch television, and attend parties. She is a regular at the daily exercise group. She especially enjoys visits from children, and over the holidays enthusiastically read “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas: to several school groups.

Since moving to Luther Acres, a Luthercare community, from St. John’s Herr Estate, a sister community in Columbia, Mim has made quite a few new friends. One in particular, Bertha Himmelberger, says that getting to know Mim has been a delightful experience, and she likes to sit next to Mim at activity programs.

Mim celebrated her birthday with friends and fellow residents and a delicious cake. She also has one more tip for reaching 109. Have at least one piece of chocolate every day!

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