PNS Daily Newscast - September 24 

Update: A second accuser emerges with misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavenaugh. Also on the Monday rundown: We take you to a state where more than 60,000 kids are chronically absent from school; and we'll let you know why the rural digital divide can be a two-fold problem.

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Oregon Women Win 50+ Model Search

February 2, 2009

Portland, OR - When AARP had a national contest for people over age 50 who had always wondered what it would be like to be a model, more than 9,000 people entered. Of the 10 winners chosen, two are from Oregon. Kate Higgins and Marilyn Murdoch, both from Portland, recently returned home from Minneapolis, where they had makeovers and photo shoots for the March/April issue of "AARP The Magazine."

Higgins, a retired teacher, is age 70, but you'd never know it. Her suggestion for coping with aging and these stressful times is...get moving.

"I think Number One is, get off the couch: I walk every day for two hours. Also, keep a sense of humor. The keys really are attitude and activity."

Oregonians have a fitness advantage, she says, because their beautiful surroundings allow for lots of outdoor activity. Higgins also recommends continuing to learn new skills.

Marilyn Murdoch is the 62-year-old owner of a picture-framing business. She says keeping up with the grandkids has been her motivation for staying healthy.

"My children and grandchildren are probably the most important things in my life. Your body has to be in shape to get down on the floor with that kid, and your brain has to be in shape to relate to a young mind - plus you've got to have a sense of humor, just to get the child's attention."

Murdoch calls smiling "a natural antidepressant." She says no matter where you live in Oregon, you'll be happier if you find ways to connect with your community.

Chris Thomas, Public News Service - OR