Edmonds Senior Center honors members of ’90-plus club’

Edgar Shepherd, proudly declares his age on his shirt during Monday's celebration. Shepherd is a World War II veteran and an member of Edmonds-based VFW Post 8870.

Edgar Shepherd, proudly declares his age on his shirt during Monday’s celebration. Shepherd is a World War II veteran and an member of Edmonds-based VFW Post 8870.

The Edmonds Senior Center celebrated those members who are 90 or older Monday afternoon, offering a light lunch, harp music and an inspirational speech on how to continue to live well as an older adult.

As Senior Center Director Farrell Fleming ran through the ages of those present, Leo Kepler raised his hand as one of two 98-year-olds present.

As Senior Center Director Farrell Fleming ran through the ages of those present, Leo Kepler raised his hand as one of two 98-year-olds present.

More than 50 senior center members, along with friends and family members, dined on snacks provided by Edmonds Landing Gracious Retirement and Assisted Living, and — with some prompting from Senior Center Director Farrell Fleming — they also offered their own tips for longevity . (Leo Kepler, a spry 98, noted that he and his wife taught ballroom dancing classes for years.)

Look for a video soon on My Edmonds News TV featuring interviews with several members of this 90-plus club.

Linda Whitsell, a retired geriatric nurse, was the featured speaker.

Linda Whitsell, a retired geriatric nurse, was the featured speaker.

Linda Whitesell, a retired nurse who is a member of the Snohomish County Council on Aging, offered her own “top 10″ list of tips for aging well, including staying up on current events, getting exercise and eating a variety of healthy foods. But she marveled at the group gathered before her, stating: “I’ve cared for older persons for 47 years as a nurse almost exclusively in geriatrics but I’ve never been a part of group where there were 90-plus people who look as good as you do.”

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