Human Interest New York City Woman Turns 107: 'The Secret' Is 'I Never Got Married' Louise Signore celebrated her birthday on Wednesday and credited her long life to staying single By Rachel DeSantis Rachel DeSantis Instagram Twitter Rachel DeSantis is a writer/reporter covering music at PEOPLE. She has held various roles since joining the brand in 2019, and was previously a member of the human interest team. As a music writer, Rachel interviews everyone from rock-and-roll legends to up-and-coming stars for magazine feature stories and digital news stories. Rachel is based in New York City, and previously worked as an entertainment reporter at the New York Daily News after getting her start as an Entertainment Weekly intern. She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Maryland. People Editorial Guidelines Published on August 1, 2019 12:07 PM Share Tweet Pin Email A New York City woman celebrating more than a century of life has some advice for other women looking to someday do the same: Don’t become a bride! “I think the secret of 107 [is] I never got married. I think that’s the secret,” Louise Signore told WCBS with a laugh. “My sister says, ‘I wish I never got married!’ ” Signore celebrated her birthday on Wednesday and told WCBS that while she maintains a healthy diet and exercises regularly, it’s never having had to worry about a man that’s kept her going all these years. Of course, marriage clearly didn’t affect Signore’s younger sister too much: She’s 102 years old. How to Live as Long as Possible, According to the World’s Oldest People Signore told WCBS that while she’s legally blind and takes a high blood pressure pill, she doesn’t let either slow her down. “If they have exercise, I do the exercise. If they have dancing, I dance. I still do a little dancing,” she said. “After my lunch, I will play bingo, so I had a full day.” Signore, who lives in the Bronx, celebrated her birthday this year with a party at the JASA Bartow Community Center that featured more than 100 guests, according to the station. She wore a pink collared top and pearl earrings to mark the occasion and sat beneath golden balloons shaped like her age. RELATED VIDEO: Mom’s Viral Rant Calling for Disney World to Ban ‘People Without Children’ Spurs Online Debate Signore is not the only centenarian who’s offered advice for a long life relating to staying single. Jessie Gallan, who died in 2015 at 109, credited her longevity with “staying away from men.” “They’re just more trouble than they’re worth,” she said. Houston Woman Celebrates Her 110th Birthday and Shares Her Secret to Longevity Gladys Gough, who lived to 104, once said, “I never got married or had a boyfriend either. That probably had something to do with it. I just couldn’t be bothered with men.” Women have credited other things, too, with 110-year-old Elizabeth Francis saying this week that her strong faith has kept her alive all these years. Alelia Murphy of Harlem, who turned 114 years old in June, is the oldest living person in the United States.