A 106-year-old great-great-grandmother credits two things for her long life; her staunch religious faith and a regular supply of McDonald's' Big Macs.
Dorothy Nedd, from South Philadelphia in Pennsylvania, turned 106 on Friday.
She is still in fine form, although these days Dorothy’s granddaughter Zulema lives with her to keep an eye on things.
Zulema told reporters that Christianity and McDonald's had long been the mainstays of Dorothy’s life
"Grandma always used to take me to church," Zulema told reporters. "And then after church, we would sometimes go to the McDonald's and my grandma got a Big Mac. She was getting Big Macs for a long time."
Dorothy has always loved having her family around her, with nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild, but sadly she hasn’t been able to see so much of them in the past couple of years.
"Our family would come over every Friday until the pandemic happened,” says Zulema. “We’re no longer doing that, so it’s just FaceTime, and they miss her, but nobody wants to jeopardise her”.
Still, Dorothy is still living her best life. "I feel fine," Dorothy told FOX 29 News, saying that the only thing she wanted for her birthday is a little more “sweet living”.
A little of what you fancy is the key to long life, it seems. In 2021, 105-year-old Lucia DeClerck told the New York Times that her secret was gin-soaked raisins.
Lucia said she had eaten nine gin-soaked golden raisins every morning for most of her life.
“Fill a jar,” she explained. “Nine raisins a day after it sits for nine days.” She added that she had kept her teeth healthy by brushing them with baking soda every day, and she was 99 before she needed her first filling.
Another valuable healthy living tip comes from Sister André, a 177-year-old nun living at the Ste. Catherine Laboure nursing home in Toulon.
In February last year the nun, born Lucile Randon in 1904 celebrated her birthday (and surviving Coronavirus) with a foie gras starter and a generous glass of port, followed by a chicken and mushroom dish washed down with plenty of red wine.
Good red wine, she tells people envious of her longevity, is the secret to a long and happy.
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