At 93 and 84 years old, Sellie and Henry Shine are doing life right, and they show no sign of slowing down.
The two live at Carillon House Senior Living and say they keep active each day, mentally and physically.
“If you have good genes appreciate them. Keep your physical being active, exercise, and do interesting things that keep the mind going,” said Mr. Shine.
Mrs. Shine swims daily, and Mr. Shine writes each day. They say while doing these activities keep their mind and body sharp, what truly helps keep them young on the inside as they age, is a positive attitude.
“Keep your attitude young!” advises Mrs. Shine.
Doctors seem to agree that while diet and exercise are extremely important in living a long healthy life, truly maintaining a healhty attitdue can add a good few more years to your timeline.
“You don’t have to be perfect, you don’t have to be perfectly healthy, you simply have to make the best with what you have and maintain a healthy attitude and that’s going to play out as a better chance of you living another year, another five years another 10 years,” said Dr. John Culberson, an associate professor in family and community medicine at Texas Tech Health Science Center. “Most people don’t want to live to be a certain age if they’re not going to be healthy and happy. That’s an attainable goal.”
Eat well. Exercise often. And put a little pep in your step.
All of which the Shines do and advise to other older couples in the Hub City, but perhaps what’s helped them grow older together the most runs a little deeper than a few laps around the track.
“I don’t want to use that corny word ‘love,’ but I have to say it,” said Mr. Shine.
“It was always a good relationship but it seems more so now, and it may be you know, we don’t know how much more time we have together so we treasure what we do have.”
The two will celebrate their 63rd wedding anniversary in June.