Brandywine Living at Senior Suites(Montgomery County, PA) residents, Lena Jeandell and Fern Harper were invited to the Annual Centenarian Luncheon hosted by Montgomery County and interviewed by The Reporter.
Dozens of Montgomery County’s oldest residents gathered Thursday morning for one of their favorite days of the year — an annual luncheon for those now enjoying their second century.
“We now have, in Montgomery County, 478 individuals who are over 100 years old,” said commissioners’ Chairwoman Val Arkoosh. “I don’t know what’s in the drinking water here, but I encourage everyone to drink a lot of it, every single day, because there’s something that we’re doing right.”
The gathering, held at the Foulkeways at Gwynedd community and sponsored by the Montgomery County Office of Aging and Adult Services, brought together more than 50 centenarians for a luncheon, live music and a chance to meet-and-greet fellow friends over 100 from across the county.
The eldest in the crowd, Lena Jeandell of Brandywine, turned 107 last November and attended Thursday’s luncheon with her roommate at the Brandywine Living community, 100-year-old Fern Harper. Their caretaker Galina Novosartova said the two share a common routine that may be their secret.
“The No. 1 thing, every single morning, Lena participates in our ‘Fun, fit and fabulous’ exercise class. Every single morning, 45 minutes, she is exercising, and I believe this is her secret,” Novosartova said.
Fern attends the same class, but usually after a big breakfast — “it’s no joke, they both exercise every single day,” said Novosartova.