TOWN 'N COUNTRY, Fla. — On Thursday, Hillsborough Aging Services hosted a very special Valentine's Day event to celebrate the belief that it's never too late to find love.

  • Couples all met at Town 'N Country Senior Center
  • Event featured live music, dancing
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Inside the Town 'N Country Senior Center in Hillsborough County, love is ageless. Or at least that's how the couples gathered there Thursday, dressed in red celebrating Valentine's Day early, make it look.

"We fell in love and we haven't fallen out of love and I don't think we will," said 77-year-old Nic Russell. 

Russell met his Valentine, 80-year-old Maria Fernandez, at the senior center. Fernandez was teaching a class. 

"I never dream that I could start my life again," Fernandez said. "I feel like I was born again."

On Thursday, the two returned to the center for the annual Valentine's Day dance. 

"There is love everywhere," Fernandez said. 


The sweethearts danced across from Jorge and Laura Zambrana, who met at the center three years ago. 

Jorge, 96, said he spotted Laura on the treadmill and the sweethearts never stopped talking.

"I invited her on a cruise," he said. 

"I say 'no, I don't go on a cruise if I am single with you,'" Laura Fabiola Zambrana, 86, laughed.

Three months after they met, the two said "I do."

"It's something that happened so fast even my neighbors, when I told them we were going to get married 11 years after my wife passed away, they were stunned," Jorge said. "But it happens."

And he said there are no regrets.

"I love her very much," he said. "She is a good woman."