Laughter is good medicine, so they say.
And having a regular dose of the giggles seems to have worked well for centenarian Audrey Einarson, who celebrated her 100th birthday last December 24.
“She’s always telling jokes,” nurse Ana Castro said. “She’s so funny. She makes me laugh all the time.” Her jokes range from
tame to blush-inducing recitations, and when she gets started it’s hard to get her to stop.
“I like to laugh and I feel well,” she said. “That’s really all that matters in life: your health and how you feel.”
Einarson, who lives at Good Samaritan-Stafholt in Blaine, originally hails from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and spends her days visiting other residents, listening to the radio and watching TV. She attributes her long life to having a relaxed view on the world around her.
“There’s no point in worrying. All that worrying does is take your attention away from everything else around you,” she said. “That doesn’t help anything, so it’s best to just go about your business.”
A homemaker, Einarson raised two children with her late husband Harry, to whom she was married for 47 years. “He was a wonderful man – the best there ever was,” she said. “He didn’t have a mean bone in his body, and it was easy being married to such a nice man.” Einarson has four grandchildren.
Renowned for her lemon meringue pie, Einarson said that she really enjoyed cooking and having company over when she was younger. “I just liked to be with people,” she said. “It was fun to entertain. But I wasn’t a healthy cook by any means. I never ate anything I didn’t like. I was stubborn about that.”
While she’s not surprised she’s made it so far in life, she said it really hasn’t been a big change. “One hundred is really no different than 99,” she said. “It’s a very gradual shift.”