What’s the secret to living to 100? The residents of Crosby Commons assisted living community in Shelton have lots to say about longevity, especially with the celebration of National Centenarian Day on Sept. 22.

Staff and residents at Crosby Commons honored four centenarians in celebration of the day, created to recognize and honor seniors 100 years or older.

George “Bush” Clark, who turned 102 this past July, and Ella Bradbury, who celebrated her 105th birthday in April, were acknowledged and celebrated for their many years.

Also honored were two residents who will celebrate 100 years this fall — John Tiernan in October and Anna May Finnucan in November.

The ladies were presented with flowers, while the men received a large box of gourmet chocolates. A reception with cookies and coffee followed the recognition ceremony.

Don’t smoke but do eat veggies, be positive

When asked the secret to their longevity, the centenarians had lots of good advice: “Don’t smoke, eat your vegetables, volunteer and attend activities at Crosby Commons, and maintain a positive attitude.”

The residents also expressed that having a positive attitude helped them live through difficult times, including the Great Depression and the Hurricane of 1938.

Crosby Commons officials said while many people can’t imagine living for a century, the senior living community on Long Hill Avenue is proud to honor its centenarians as role models for the future of aging. “Thank you for continuing to educate and inspire us,” officials said of those reaching the century milestone.

Crosby Commons is owned and operated by United Methodist Homes, a faith-based nonprofit organization based in Shelton. For information call Lois at 203-225-5000 or go to crosbycommons.org.