"I decided that I'm going to sail through the 70's facing challenges exuberantly. Enjoying, enjoying, enjoying," Darden said.
One secret to Molly's healthy aging: her attitude towards longevity.
According to Dr. Sharon Bergquist, Emory School of Medicine, "it's a mix of feeling that you are in control of your health, buffering stress, keeping positive human relationships and keeping a very positive attitude."
Research shows 25% of aging is determined by genetics. Much of the rest is in our hands and often comes down to lifestyle and our outlook.
Recent studies show that, "people who have a positive view of aging will live 7 and a half years longer," said Dr. Bergquist.
Darden has always embraced life. She worked as a journalist and photographer, and lived overseas. Now, she stays connected with others through her own website and on Twitter. Additionally, she stays fit by gardening and walking her dog.
"It's a passion to be happy, vibrant, zestful because I know now that I'm in my homestretch of life."
Molly's positive lifestyle not only adds years to her life but life to her years.