If anyone knows the secret to living a full life, the world’s oldest twins may have the answer! According to the Huffington Post, Glenys Thomas and Florence Davies are the oldest living identical twins in the U.K., and they have been inseparable for more than 100 years. The two sisters, born in 1912, collectively have five children, 12 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren. They’ve lived through some of the most historic moments of the 20th century.
From the sinking of the Titanic, which took place during their birth year, to the world wars, the Great Depression, and civil rights movement, they’ve definitely witnessed many pivotal moments in history. They’ve also witnessed the many groundbreaking changes that have come with the evolution of technology.
Now, they’re sharing the secret to living a full life. They accredit their long lives to living a “nice, quiet life.” Apparently, simplicity is the key to it all. During a recent interview, Glenys’s daughter, Gwenda Stacey, shared a number of interesting details about their quiet lifestyles. She also revealed they’ve lived side by side all their lives.
‘They have lived a simple life. Neither Mam or Aunty Flo can drive. They never went abroad. But they were always happiest together,” Stacey told The Daily Mail.
“The whole family’s social life was centered around their church and their community. You had to stay local in those days because it was so hard to get around. “They have lived a simple life. Neither Mam or Aunty Flo can drive. They never went abroad. But they were always happiest together.”
However, it’s also obvious their close-knit relationship has also contributed to comfortable lifestyle they’ve had.
“For all their independent years they lived side by side – raising families together, shopping, socializing and cooking together too… Mam and Flo were always so active and independent. Right up until their 90s they would hop on the bus to go shopping together. They loved to look good and often bought the same outfits.”
The twins, who now suffer from dementia, live in the Abermill Care Home. But, of course, they’re still in close proximity to each other.
‘They have adjoining rooms so they see each other whenever they like. Aunty Flo does get a bit fed up with [Mam’s] singing though. Her dementia sends her back to her childhood and she’s forever singing Calon Lan — a welsh song she’d have learnt at school. They are physically very well — no ailments as such. But it is their mind that’s going. It can be like they are far away and mostly they don’t remember the family. Yet they still ask for each other. Their connection is lasting and truly life long.”
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