Sara Hertwig
Mabel Nesmith, 109 years old, poses for a photo in her room at Colorado Assisted Living.
Colorado Assisted Living resident reflects on her 109 years of life

Mabel Elisabeth Nesmith’s blueprint to living a long life is really quite simple: Dance.

“Just stay active,” she said, smiling, “and dance a lot.”

If there is anyone’s word to take, it’s Nesmith’s. The resident at Colorado Assisted Living in South Jeffco recently turned 109. Nesmith might not dance much anymore, but in her younger years, she loved it. And as a Texan, she preferred the country western variety.