Peg’s Perspective: What’s Marilyn’s key to a long, healthy, and happy life?

Answers from an interview with Marilyn Sells-Webb, a woman who knows how it’s done!

Marilyn Sells-Webb was born on May 10, 1915—you can do the math! (Yes, she is 103!) She is often seen spending time in the Wesley Glen lobby chatting with friends, or in the Wellness Center keeping up with her exercise routine! But my fondest memory of her is when she led the way on a community walk, as in LED THE WAY, when she was a mere 101!

When asked about the key to living a long, healthy, and happy life, Marilyn jokes that longevity is “in the genes!” Her brother lived to be 100, and two sisters lived well into their 90’s.

But, along with good genes?

Happy Friendships

She proves this tip every day at Wesley Glen as she walks around the campus putting a smile on each person’s face! Marilyn explained that she is, and always was (even from childhood), a happy person, with lots of friends. She remembers the porch from their childhood home – when it would rain, the porch would fill up with kids, and they would play games and cards.   She remembers “we always had fun.”

Hard Work   

Marilyn also credits good old-fashioned hard work. Her first job was at Kresge’s at State and High. She was paid $7 (“seven whole dollars!”) a week!  She would pay her mother $3 and keep $4 for herself.

School, Church and Music

Marilyn also remembers that she loved school and did very well. And, like others I have interviewed, music and church were a strong foundation for her.

The list of things that Marilyn loved in her life is long: singing, being at home with her three children, working, family vacations (and working some more). But, I would argue that laughing should be at the top of her list! Anyone who has met Marilyn knows that her laugh is infectious, and she laughs quite a bit!

We are lucky to have residents like Marilyn to fill our communities with happiness and joy. As she says, “We have a good life.”


Central Ohio Bucket List

The Bucket List for those of any age!

Summer is here in central Ohio, and we are all spending a bit more time outdoors. I’m sure you are looking for fun, safe, and active adventures to do with your loved ones. The summer time is the perfect opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime! But, what will you do this summer? Not to worry, the list below includes fun adventures right here in central Ohio. Whether you’re age 5 or 65, check out our ultimate summer bucket list!

  • Have a picnic.

Pack up a lunch and round up the family for this trip! Central Ohio has various parks that would be an ideal setting for an afternoon picnic. A few of our favorites are Blendon Woods Metro Park, near Wesley Woods at New Albany, Blacklick Woods Metro Park, near Wesley Ridge Retirement Community, and Highbanks Metro Park, which is just a short drive from Wesley Glen Retirement Community.

  • See fireworks.

Red, White, and BOOM is a must see in Columbus, Ohio. Sit right along the Scioto River and enjoy the beautiful display. This year, Red, White, and BOOM will be on July 3rd. Mark your calendars!

  • Visit the zoo.

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is great for all ages! If you are overwhelmed by visiting the zoo, try breaking it up into two different trips. Then, you will be able visit half one day, and the other half on another day. But, to have the best time be sure to pack sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. You’ll also want to ensure that you drink plenty of water if it’s a warm day.

  • Feed the ducks.

One of the best locations to feed ducks in Central Ohio is Creekside Park in Gahanna, Ohio. While you’re there, take a walk on the trails to explore the other wildlife. And occasionally, Creekside Park will have live music.

  • Go to a festival.

Experience Columbus provides an outstanding list of festivals and annual events in the Columbus area. There is a festival nearly every weekend in the summer! No matter what you’re interested in, from botanical gardens to blues and jazz, you’ll find a festival right around the corner.

What is on your bucket list this summer?


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