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100-Year-Old Woman Shares Her Secret To Longevity

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson is broadcasting from his hometown of Urbana, Illinois, today. He traveled there for the 100th birthday of a family friend, Betty Esser.

Jeremy visits her home to speak with her and her daughter, Kay Evans, about the milestone — and her secrets to longevity.

Betty tells Jeremy, “I try not to get upset about things and I think I’m sort of easygoing. I don’t let things disturb me.”

Guests

  • Betty Esser, Urbana resident who just turned 100.
  • Kay Evans, daughter of Betty Esser.

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Betty Esser (right) is pictured with her daughter Kay Evans. (Diane Marlin)
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Betty Esser (right) is pictured with her daughter Kay Evans. (Diane Marlin)