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Meet the Winners of AARP's 50+ Model Search

From 51 to 91: Learn how they keep young at heart

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"I give thanks to God every morning for waking me up in my right mind, and for the new day," says Marguerite LaMarque. — Ari Michelson

Reader's Choice Winner

Marguerite LaMarque, 91

Home: Framingham, Mass.

Lifeline: My faith

Words to Live by: Give thanks to God every day, and listen to others — even the dull and ignorant. They, too, have their story.

I can't speak for all others about how to live a long and fruitful life. Genetics is crucial, of course — my father lived until he was 90, and that was in the 1940s.

Have faith: The key to spiritual growth

I do not damage my body with alcohol, nicotine or drugs. My religion — I am Catholic — has always been of utmost importance to me: When I was 15 or 16, I thought I might become a nun but finally decided I wanted children, and I wanted a public life. But still I give thanks to God every morning for waking me up in my right mind, and for the new day.

I try to live by simple truths.

  • Listen carefully to others, because listening is a kind of solace.

  • Take pleasure in little things — I don't gamble, oh no, but I do love to play whist. Keep busy — though when you have five children, you have no choice! Honesty really is the best policy.

  • Do your best: For example, when you have a problem, don't ignore it or cast it aside. Quietly decide to solve it.

  • And most of all, set high standards for yourself, and always strive to live up to them. Your children, your family, your community … they will notice.

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