Simple Solutions: Senior women breaking the elderly stereotypes

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We can't live forever, but three athletes want to make sure they enjoy as much life as they can while they're still here. (KFSN)

We can't live forever, but three athletes want to make sure they enjoy as much life as they can while they're still here.

It's grueling, tough, and 94-year-old Edith Traina wouldn't have it any other way. "The stereotype is, 'oh well 90, you know, she can't do this or he can't do that.' well, yes you can."

The 94-year-old powerlifter is pushing to get other 90-somethings sweating. If you still have your doubts, just try and keep up. "I still drive. Everybody says, 'you still drive?' sure I drive."

And 93-Year-old Cleotha Beckles' secret: rum and coke. Evalia Cunningham's answer is a tad more standard. "I go to the senior center every day, and we play cards and talk to people."

"I was raised on organic food, so maybe that has something to do with it, I don't know," said Clara.

"I eat what I enjoy eating that I know my body can uh, handle," said Traina.

Walking to the mailbox, pushing the grocery cart, Tai Chi and tone and stretch classes all keep these women moving. "When I wake up in the morning, I have to have something to look forward to, to do besides housework. Nobody wants housework," said Traina.

"They all come from different backgrounds but they are just driven, um, to be folks who want to stay active," said one of the staff members.

"If you're 70, you'll get to be 80. If you're 80, you'll get to be 90. And I'm looking toward my centennial at this point. I still have six years to go but I expect to make it," explained Traina.

So do Clara, Evalia, and Cleotha. They make each day count instead of just counting the days.
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