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Singer/actress Naomi Judd speaks in Rochester Tuesday

Updated: 03/25/2014 6:22 PM
Created: 03/25/2014 10:21 AM WHEC.com
By: Janet Lomax

You've heard the term, “aging gracefully”, but how about “aging gratefully”? That's how Naomi Judd describes it.

The 68-year-old Grammy Award winning singer, actress and author spread some of her down home wisdom at Lifespan’s Celebration of Aging. Among the things she said to News10NBC’s Janet Lomax is, “happiness is the best cosmetic.”

Country music singer and author Naomi Judd practices what she preaches in her book, “Aging Gratefully: Having an attitude of gratitude makes everything better. She shared that message Tuesday at Lifespan's luncheon celebrating aging.

Judd, who is also the mother of equally famous daughters, Wynona and Ashley Judd, says we need to embrace getting older.

Judd said, “I've never understood why women don't say their age everywhere they go .I’ve never understood why women don't say their age. Everywhere I go ‘I’m 68. I took a lickin’ and kept on tickin.'”

Before the luncheon, News10NBC sat down and Judd talked about highs in her life, making it as a country music star and some of the lows. She says her life lessons are lessons for us all.

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Judd said, “Once you've been through the stuff I’ve been through you look back and whatever your next consequence or crisis is.  I can say, ‘Wow, it is okay I’ve already been through this, I know I can do it.’”

What is her message for older Americans on aging gratefully? She pointed to her upcoming 50th high school reunion and her message to her classmates

Judd said, “I say to them, if they have a happy marriage and if they are self-actualized and kids are okay, that’s success.”

Five people were honored for aging gratefully at the luncheon:

-86-year-old Reva Sipser, a blogger and Meals on Wheels volunteer

-77-year-old Nancy Rice, who volunteers as a hospice chaplain

-91-year-old Rosa Wims, who has a community health center named after her

-Chet Fery, who gives away home, baked bread

-Dr. David Heffer, who is 66-years-old and still works. He has been living with a rare form of lymphoma for 20 years.

-Frank Bassett, administrator of the Livingston County Nursing and Rehabilitation Center





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