The secret to passing the 100-year milestone is simple, according to six centenarians at United Hebrew of New Rochelle in New York. Cultivate your passions, maintain your hobbies, continue to have a strong social life and keep your independence as much as possible. 

“They key to living as long as I have is staying active and having a wonderful family to be with,” said Adele Weisberg, a resident and centenarian of Willow Towers Assisted Living, located on United Hebrew’s senior living campus.

As a former ballroom dancer, Weisberg continues to take dancing classes at the assisted living community. She also takes intergenerational music classes and enjoys walking around the campus for exercise. She relishes the time she spends with her sons – Fred, Harold and Arthur Weisberg – and her daughter-in-law, Amy Rosen. 

The six new centenarians, as well as a dozen other who reside at United Hebrew of New Rochelle’s campus, celebrated their big accomplishment last month with a dinner for family, friends and staff. The event also included special recognition from New Rochelle Mayor Noam Bramson and a representative of state Sen. Shelly Mayer.

The ceremony also highlighted United Hebrew’s history of caring for their seniors for the past 100 years. So far this year, United Hebrew has celebrated the landmark achievement with events that have included an art exhibition, a concert and a golf tournament.

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