Here is an interview with Blanca, 76, and Luis, 77; two sponsored aging friends in the Hope for a Family program in Lima, Peru. They were married 41 years ago and have supported each other since.
What is your secret for a long life?
Blanca: To laugh when you can and to cry when you have to.
Luis: Do not complain about life, remain joyful and work hard because when working, you forget about problems.
What advice do you have for young people?
Blanca: Stay away from drugs.
Luis: Keep your mind busy doing activities that you enjoy because a free mind tends to think about bad things. Young people must make an effort to find good company, good friends.
If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go and why?
Blanca: I do not like to travel.
Luis: I would like to visit my own country first. There are places I have not visited.
Tell us something special or unique about yourself.
Blanca: For some reason I put away any gift I receive, and I hardly use it.
Luis: I am a person who avoids problems by being a tranquil person.
What’s your favorite food?
Blanca: Rice with chicken.
What do you like most about CFCA?
Blanca: I enjoy the staff members in the program and the benefits I receive. [I am] thankful for everything.
Luis: The monthly meetings because we have the chance to talk with others. At the same time, the support we all get from our sponsors.