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The Senior Sensations range in age from 62 to 92.
by Matt Patterson Published: June 22, 2013

Betty Windsor may have found the secret to staying young and it includes sequins, tap shoes and lots of moving around.

Windsor, 92, is the oldest member of The Senior Sensations, a group of about 20 tap dancers who practice at the Edmond Senior Center and perform at retirement homes throughout the Oklahoma City area.

Practices are held weekly but there is plenty of homework involved for the 20 or so members of the troupe. Practices are often recorded and members have the option of critiquing their moves at home.

For Windsor, the 40-minute performance at the senior center is taxing, but not exactly something that wipes her out either. She is as precise and energetic as anyone else wearing red sequins.

“At my age I can't do everything that I used to do but I can get close and stay busy,” Windsor said. “That's the key for me. I like to stay busy and move around a little bit. And this is a really fun group to be around.”

When Windsor references what she used to do, she's talking about the half-marathons she ran into her early 80s. She doesn't run anymore but credits a lifetime of fitness for her longevity.

“I've always been active and have taken care of myself and I think over time that's been a big help to me as far as how I feel. I'm not getting any younger, but I don't feel as old as I probably should.”

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by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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