It’s more common than ever, thanks to modern healthcare, for people to live long, happy, healthy lives. Even so, 100 or more years of life is an impressive achievement. For three women at The Allure Group’s Crown Heights Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Brooklyn, this March marked over a century of life and love on this planet.
Lucille Price celebrated her 100th birthday, Sophia Smith, her 101th, and Grace-Marie Baker, her 102th — all amazing accomplishments worthy of praise. And what better way to celebrate than with cake, flowers, songs, and the loving support of friends and family?
As reported by Reuters, the three centenarians cut into a delicious cake joined by a celebratory gathering of over 50 people. After singing “The Star Spangled Banner,” the crowd serenaded Lucille, Sophia, and Grace-Marie with a rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The three were also treated to prayers, Bible readings, and plenty of lovely bouquets.
Those that make and exceed the 100 milestone, of course, are blessed with the wisdom that got them this far. People often wonder: what’s their secret? Is there a recipe to a long life that we can follow to get there ourselves someday?
The three women were kind enough to share their own secrets. Sophia Smith, who arrived at the nursing center at 100, credits to her longevity to a warm, nutritious diet. “It’s the soup, the chicken soup,” she said. Born in Guyana, Sophia enjoys going to church and being visited by her five grandchildren.
Grace-Marie Baker gives God all the credit for her incredible 102 years. “He’s been taking care of me. I’ve had a lot of sick days but he wasn’t ready for me,” she said. Grace-Marie enjoys painting, cooking, and visiting museums.
As for Lucille Price, who just broke 100, her secret is having no secret at all. “I got no secret because I do whatever everybody else do,” she said. “I eat whatever I have to eat and I eat any food, any food I eat.”
It sounds like a spectacular life, especially given her 20 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Lucille, a former hairdresser also from Guyana, has been in the nursing home since 2005.
According to the center’s director of activities, Claudia Titus, the party celebrated “life and the continuation of a celebration in our lives,” rather than their specific birthdays only. I wish Lucille, Sophia, and Grace-Marie the best as they enjoy their post-century years and all of the blessings that come with age.