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Lillian Nelsen Anderson turned 100 today. She said she never complained about her age and said the key to longevity is not to smoke. She has lost her husband and all of her siblings but her optimism for life is what keeps her going. A party was held in her honor at La Marmite restaurant in Williston Park attended by her friends and family. (Sept. 10, 2011)(Credit: Steven Sunshine)

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An LI 'Energizer bunny' turns 100

“I never thought I’d make 100,” said Lillian Anderson, who lives in the same Hicksville home she and her late husband built in 1939. “How many people do?” More than used to be the case. Anderson has an energy and activity level that belie her age, to put it mildly. She took up golf at age 75, drove and lived on her own until age 96, and until last year handled her own finances and taxes. Her secret? Her relatives say it's her positive attitude. She says not complaining helps, too.