Louise Jean Signore from the Bronx, New York, joined more than 100 guests to celebrate her birthday at Bartow Community Center.
She was born in 1912, the same year the Titanic collided with an iceberg and sank, and William Howard Taft was president.
Signore has been a resident of the Bronx since she was 14-years-old and to this day still does all of her shopping, has no cane or wheelchair and only takes blood pressure tablets, a friend told CBS.
Proud of her Italian heritage she believes good home food and lots of fruit and vegetables without soda or cake all played a part in her longevity. But above of all all else, Signore who lives alone believes one other key factor has reduced the stress in her life massively and kept her alive.
‘I think the secret of 107: I never got married. I think that’s the secret,’ Signore told CBS. ‘My sister says ‘I wish I never got married.’
Long-term Bronx resident Louise Jean Signore celebrated turning 107-years-old on Wednesday and blew out candles on an ornate cake (above)
Signore (center) joined more than 100 guests to celebrate her big day, playing bingo, dancing and eating fresh fruit salad
Revealing other tips she added: ‘Italian food. Italian food is very good for you. I was brought up with very good food. No soda, no cake.’
The 5ft 5in centenarian who wore a light pink clothing told the station that she didn’t understand why today was so special.
Signore said: ‘I said I’ve had enough parties.
Detailing her life now she added: ‘If they have exercise, I do the exercise. If they have dancing, I dance. I still a do a little dancing. After my lunch, I will play bingo, so I had a full day.’
But her long-life hasn’t been without recent struggle, Signore is now legally blind and recently overcame pneumonia.
At the age of 103, she was lucky to survive an assault and robbery.
Her attacker knocked her to the ground and stole $35, two meals, a magnifying glass and a pack of bingo cards, New York Post reported.
At the time, she vowed to not let it stop her, ‘I’m going to go out. I’m in good shape,’ she said.