FORT MYERS, Fla.- Don't let the candles on the cake fool you- Toots Malarkey is turning 106. It's another year she's celebrating on her feet.
"I feel better. I don't feel as old. I feel younger!" Toots laughed.
She's the oldest in her nursing home by a long shot. But family and friends say a sedentary life just isn't in her blood.
"Style is what she's all about. It doesn't matter what time you stop in to see Toots, if she's not in her night clothes, she'll be dressed to the hill," family friend Mary Lewis said Wednesday.
Toots sings every morning, saying that she refuses to let her favorite pastimes pass her up.
"Well I do love to dance. I used to dance when I was young. We used to go to a dance every Saturday night," she said.
So what's her secret to longevity?
"I don't have a secret. I just tell them. Have a smile on your face and love in your heart," Toots said.
But it's Toots' way, not her words, that really brings life to everyone surrounding her on yet another birthday.
"Just the fact that she gets up every day. She lives what we should all be doing...living...on a daily basis. She lives for the moment," Lewis said.
Last year, Social Security accidentally cut Toots off from her monthly checks because they thought she was dead. Thankfully, family members stepped in and the situation was quickly resolved.