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Healthy Aging with a Sound Mind

Updated on April 30, 2017
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MsDora, former teacher and counselor, is fascinated by the study of healthy aging and loves to share the information she finds.

This frail old shell in which I dwell

Is growing old, I know full well---

But I am not the shell.*

— John E. Roberts
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The lines above might well have been written by Mother Louise Isaac (age 101), a native of the St. Kitts-Nevis twin island federation in the Caribbean. She speaks a similar language of contentment with a similar air of spunk. The substance of her words holds the interest of her listeners, even while they wonder, “How does she still manage to enjoy such good health?”

At age 101, nine of her children are on medication, but she is not. She walks with a cane and wears a hearing aid, but still threads her sewing needle and reads every day. She quotes songs and Bible verses in her conversation; and among the four of us who chatted together recently, she was the first to remember the beginning of Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard by Thomas Gray (published in 1751).

Both her physical and mental ability are impressive for a centenarian, but admirers find the latter more amazing. Here are some of her past and present habits which may have contributed to her healthy aging with a sound mind.


Physical activity has been shown to ... promote psychological well-being, and reduce the risk of certain diseases, including some cancers.**

Palm Sunday March (2015)

Mother Louise and her son in the left corner.  Used by permission
Mother Louise and her son in the left corner. Used by permission | Source

Physical

Mother Louise started her family at age 15. When her marriage ended, she returned home to her mother who helped her raise 11 children. Thanks to her supportive mother (who died at age 96), Mother Louise was able to work outside the home, in domestic jobs for management personnel on sugar estates.

One job required a five mile walk one way. Each week, she prepared the children’s school clothes on Sunday, took the long walk on Monday, stayed on the job until Thursday then took the long walk back home. She also became laundry lady for the local police. She was no stranger to labor, having worked in the cotton fields while she was a student.

Mother Louise learned sewing, served the Cayon community as a seamstress for 60 years, and taught the art to several other women. Meanwhile, her gardening provided her daily physical exercise.

The centenarian still takes short walks and enjoys a healthy appetite. She eats everything, she says, excluding eggs and milk. She drinks tea from fresh leaves, and squeezes lemon juice in every cup.


A love of reading can protect your brain from Alzheimer’s disease, slash stress levels, encourage positive thinking, and fortify friendships. ***

Mental

When Mother Louise left school, she continued to read avidly. An old man in her village provided her with second-hand books. When her children became adults and began to travel, they sent her books regularly. Among her all-time favorites are:

  • Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (published 1880) written by Lew Wallace
  • The Hiding Place (published 1971) written by Corrie ten Boom with John and Elizabeth Sherrill
  • Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham (published 1997)
  • Novels by Grace Livingston Hill (1865 - 1947)

Her children still send books and her reading material on her porch table includes Moravian Texts, a Moravian devotional and Our Daily Bread by RBC Ministries in Grand Rapids, Michigan for her daily reading.

Her nightly bedtime ritual includes singing and prayer. She sings her favorite songs Ship Ahoy, What a Friend We Have in Jesus and others from memory.

She remembers birthdays, faces and names, and relatives of people who greet her. She remembers poems she learned in school, and she quotes Bible verses accurately. She recalls events from both her long term and short term memory.


Spiritual

Prayer and spirituality have been linked to ... more positive feelings ... less depression ... greater psychological well-being. ****

Spiritual and Social

Mother Louise points upward when asked about the reason for her health and longevity. God is her first answer. Her devotion to Him illustrates itself in her relationships and her service for others.

One of her sons mentioned that “her selfless love for all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren . . . her unbreakable bond with all of us; being held in highest esteem by all who know her; her many, many friends, and her refreshing and contagious laughter, together make up the incredible secret to the long and healthy life.” There are also several church and community members who refer to her as their confidant and counselor.

She is a praying woman and has served her church as choir member, lay preacher, member of the Board of Elders, president of the Women’s Fellowship, acolyte and Sunday School teacher until age 90. Her spiritual influence is demonstrated in her children’s involvement in church ministries. Two of her sons are full time pastors. Another son serves as treasurer for the Virgin Islands Conference of the Moravian Church – the denomination in which they were raised. One grandson keeps the legacy going by also serving as a Moravian pastor.


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Inspirational

Mother Louise is not an old woman needing encouragement; she offers encouragement and inspiration. She wants to remind us:

  • Children are a mother's priority. If she is willing to make the sacrifice and put in the effort to help her children succeed, God will provide the help she needs.
  • There is no reason to be unhappy. There may not be much of material possessions, but a spirit of contentment will reveal many other reasons to be happy.
  • Longevity is as a gift from God. Be grateful for every new day.

Long live Mother Louise!


References

* Roberts, John E: Not Growing Old, (visited 3/30/2015)

** National Cancer Institute: NCI Press Release, (11/06/2012)

*** Gelman, Lauren: Benefits of Reading: Getting Smart, Thin, Healthy, (visited 3/30/2015)

****Scott, Elizabeth, M.S.: Spirituality and Mental Health: Benefits of Spirituality, (11/02/2007)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 17 months ago from The Caribbean

      Stella, you're blessed with a history of longevity in your family. Best to you going forward, taking advantage of all the instructions your ancestors didn't have. Have a good, long life!

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      Stella Kaye 17 months ago

      Excellent article. My mum lived to 98 and my grandmother was 95 so I hope I've inherited their longevity genes too but I do try to look after myself as well!

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      Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Yes, I like that idea, Ms. Dora.

      I am also hoping, dear.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thank you, Huntgoddess. Life's really interesting allowing me to see one woman victimized by a disease, another enjoying enjoying healthy aging. I choose to hope for the better situation.

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      Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      So sorry about your mom's Alzheimer's, MsDora.

      But, I feel certain that your mom will be around for a long time. And, perhaps be able to get advantage of some of that new research that is going on.

      I certainly hope so, dear.

      God bless to all.

      Nevertheless --- Mother Louise is a great inspiration to everyone, including your mom, I'm sure.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Patricia. "Mother" Louise is my aunt by marriage, not my mother. My mother is still alive and physically strong, but an Alzheimer's victim. However, this story does encourage me.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a lovely tribute to your Momma....right living...that is the answer...she obviously subscribes to that...she has been a giver all of her days, it sounds.

      How blessed we are to have (Mine is gone now) Mommas who teach how to live.

      Thank you for sharing this personal, heartfelt story with us.

      Angels are on the way to you and to her this morning ps

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      Nannette Serra 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Am now coping aging and health problems myself. Thanks for the encouragement to just keep moving on.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks Elle. Mother Louise makes a great mum, though she's only related to me by marriage. I appreciate the sentiments.

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      elle64 2 years ago from Scandinavia

      Such a beautiful description of your mum, god bless you and your mum.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      Sending hugs to you and lovely thoughts for your hubs. They are sweet and beautiful.Have a great weekend.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Dream, I know from your own writing what a positive attitude you have toward life. Thanks so much for your wonderful comment.

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      DREAM ON 2 years ago

      I could read about Mother Louise all day. Her love for life and God are one. There are so many wonderful people in the world that make every star in the sky shine bright. I stop and think how blessed am I to look up in the sky and see their influence in my life. Wishing you health and happiness always. Hugs to everyone who changes the world to a wonderful world that I see. Thank you for writing and sharing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Raaja. Mother Louise is a good proof of that. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      RaajaRaajan 2 years ago from India

      A strong and healthy mind will help you to age gracefully. Great hub.

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      Darlene Matthews 2 years ago

      My pleasure!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Elearn, so happy that you found inspiration in her story. She give me hope too. Thanks for your comment.

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      Darlene Matthews 2 years ago

      Mother Louise Isaac is an inspiration and a great role model. This is a very inspirational hub MsDora. Thanks for sharing!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Frida, thanks for reading. Beauty and wisdom together make a good foundation for a woman's strength as you observe.

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      Frida Rose 2 years ago from Maryland

      Thank you for sharing some of Mother Louise's wisdom with us! She is truly beautiful and glowing in her picture.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thelma, you're welcome! Her story is a positive boost to all who read it; glad you did.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      Wow! What an amazing woman! She is an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for sharing her story.

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      Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thank you so much, Ms. Dora. It's an honor and a privilege.

      God bless to you and Mother Louise. If only there were more like her (and you), I think that might be an end to war and other kinds of suffering in the world.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Michael, I like the sentiments you express from Psalm 91. Your encouragement is a blessing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Huntgoddess, I will express your sentiments to Mother Louise and her caregiver son. Thanks for your very thoughtful comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Mts, thanks for the very positive comment with the nifty-sayings reminders. I appreciate you.

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      One more proof of God's faithfulness to His word, and You MsDora have made wonderful presentation of it.

      A healthy aging is actually a blessed walk with God - in everything what He gives us... Mother Louise indeed is a shining proof of God's promise "Because she loves me...I will be with her... I will deliver her... and honor her... with long life I will satisfy her...

      Glory be to God for His loving kindness toward all of His children. HalleluYAH.

      Voting up and interesting.

      Peace with us.

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      Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Ms. Dora, I also love tillsontitan's and Kathleen's comments.

      It's very amazing and wonderful how this story has brought so much goodness, hope and love to so many.

      Thanks, Ms. Dora, for bringing us such a great story.

      God bless. Please thank Mother Louise and her family, also.

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      mts1098 2 years ago from InsideTheManCave

      A truly inspirational piece here and incredible journey for Louise...It's amazing to me how powerful our minds and spirits are...laughter is the best medicine, the mind heals the body and passion feeds the soul...cheers MsDora

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Kathleen, thank YOU for reading and blessings on you also.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Mary, thanks for reminding us that longevity is a gift from God. We do well to admire it in anyone. I appreciate your comment.

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      Kathleen Kerswig 2 years ago

      That is a beautiful Hub article. I'm so glad I got the chance to read about such a magnificent soul. Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this story with us. Here's to a long and beautiful life for all. Blessings!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Truly an amazing, loving, centenarian. Thank you so much for sharing her with us.

      The love of God certainly gives us many gifts. Here is living proof. She certainly didn't have an easy life as a child or teenager but she took everything in stride and went on to be a beautiful person.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Radhika, be encouraged! Given that the only way to stop aging is to die, it is good to embrace it. Face the music and dance to it.

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      Radhika Sreekanth 2 years ago from Mumbai,India

      To be frank, I get depressed when thinking of my age. Only when some lovely events happen, I forget about it and start living cheerfully. This hub is really a stimulus for people like me.

      Voted up, useful, beautiful and interesting.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Glad you appreciate it, Audrey. Thanks for your comment.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Thank you for sharing this inspirational story with us! What a remarkable woman!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, I believe that your grandfather's healthy habits are among the top reasons for longevity. Thanks for your kind comment on mother Louise.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      What a remarkable, resilient woman. I enjoy seeing positive examples like her. I am so glad you profiled her. My grandfather lived well into his 90s and credited his healthy eating habits (vegetarianism) and spirituality.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Chitrangada, your thoughts about Mother Louise are accurate. She is a wonderful example of healthy aging. Thanks for your feedback

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      Chitrangada Sharan 2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Great inspirational hub! Mother Louise sounds like a wonderful woman, full of wisdom.

      It is so important to remain healthy both by mind and body as we age. Thanks for sharing the tips of healthy aging by means of this hub! Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Bless you!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Peg, it's a pleasure to know and read about her. Thanks for your insightful input.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Mother Louise is an inspiration to all. Her wisdom and insight into what makes life beautiful is absolutely lovely. She shares the secret for her longevity in her devotion, exercise, singing and contributions over the years. What a great story.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, Happy Easter and link away! I pray that many more more women would be as inspired as we are.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Hi MsDora,

      I have returned to ask if you would allow me to link this lovely tribute to a most amazing woman to my celebrating women hub. I think she sure does need celebrating and she is sure a role model all women of all ages should look to as to how to live one's life.

      God Bless.

      Happy Easter weekend. He is risen!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Romeos, thanks for your very kind comments. I wish the same blessings for you and your family.

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      Romeos Quill 2 years ago from Lincolnshire, England

      What a breath of fresh air your Mother Louise Isaac is MsDora with such great reading taste too. She certainly gives us hope and long may you all continue into a long, happy and fulfilling life as it appears your family have been blessed with that gift of healthy longevity.

      Kindest Regards to you and your kinfolk.

      R.Q.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Huntgoddess, thanks for your foll0w-up comments. I appreciate your keen interest.

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      Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      I agree with Nell.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nell, you're right about Mother Louise. She's full of love. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Hi MsDora, what a beautiful and awesome woman! She sounds like she loves life and her family too, how wonderful! beautiful hub, nell

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      Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Poetryman, Mother Louise is not extending her life artificially.

      And, her life obviously is highly qualitative. (Not that anyone has a right to judge that anyway.)

      Further, you seem to be mistaken here. You say that people in western countries will not live to a ripe old age "anymore." Are you suggesting that people in western countries once did live to a ripe old age?

      And, are you further saying that this longevity of the past (according to you) is due to physical exercise?

      What ARE you saying, exactly? It's difficult to tell.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Poetryman, longevity can be a personal matter so that despite where you live, you can plan your own physical activities. Thanks for your observation and all the best going forward.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I am not clear that we will have people in western countries living to a ripe old age in just this way anymore. The reason is we no longer have folks who walked uphill both ways going to school, doing the laundry, etc.

      I believe we will have more and more artificial ways to increase longevity. I question whether the quality of artificially extended life will be worth the effort. Only time will tell.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Truth, it is indeed a blessing for Mother Louise and for the rest of us who see or hear of it.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Faith, I have been influenced by your finding that prayer staves off Alzheimer's. Thanks for sharing that and for all forms of encouragement that you so willingly giving. Wouldn't it be great to live for 100 years and be sanely aware of all that God has done for you in all that time?

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      truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Inspiring. She has much to share and teach others. A blessing to have a healthy mind and body.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Oh, what an inspiration Mother Louise is in this life! She certainly knows the key to living a life well-lived for God and serving Him and others. Prayer is most important and can even stave off Alzheimer's disease.

      Thank you for sharing about a lovely person in this world who have lived a full life. I pray that we all heed Mother Louise's lifestyle that has lead to long life. I hope I am of sound mind if I do live to be 100. That is what is most important.

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      God bless you and Mother Louise (He already has!)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Alicia, you would love her too. It is a blessing to sit in her presence. Thanks for your comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Denise, happy to inspire memories of your grandfather whom I believe you dearly loved and cherished. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Judy, will convey your blessing. Hope you recalled some precious memories with your mother yesterday and often. Thanks for sharing.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, Amen to that sentiment that we follow graciously. Thanks for your feedback.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a very inspiring hub, Dora. Mother Louise sounds like a very interesting person. It would be fascinating to meet her in person.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      What an amazing woman! She reminds me of my grandfather!

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      Judy Specht 2 years ago from California

      Yesterday would have been my mother's 100th birthday. Mother Louise and Mother Frances would have gotten along well. Bless Mother Louise for me.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      A wonderful tribute to Mother Louise. May we each follow in her footsteps, with such grace! ;-)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Manatita, thanks for your lovely encouraging comment - as always!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lori, you and me both. Mother Louise is a really good example for us.

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      A very inspirational Hub, Dee. A great woman and a great centenarian. You cover and do justice to her story most elegantly. In Love and Light.

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      Lori Colbo 2 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Heartwarming story, Dora. Thanks for inspiring us. I hope I don't live to be 100, but if I do, I want to be like Mother Louise.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks,Catherine. Truly, it is an honor to be touched by the lives of some we know. Sounds good the way you put it.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Such an inspiring story. I think it is wonderful how you honor the people you know by writing about them in hubs. Voted up ++.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      L.M., I love your choice of the word, "Treasure." That's how precious our elderly are. I totally agree with you. We learn by just sitting in their presence.

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      L.M. Hosler 2 years ago

      MsDora A beautiful story of a beautiful woman. She reminds me of another wonderful older woman whom I am honored to take care of and be her friend. She shares all of the qualities you write about Mother Louise. We need to treasure our older people and learn from them. Voted up

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      Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Thanks, Ms Dora for such a great uplift!

      And, thanks to Mother Louise.

      Same to you, dear. God bless.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, your comment makes me smile. Longevity is an equal opportunity blessing even though only few experience it. We'll be grateful for each day!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What a remarkable woman....what remarkable thoughts about life. If I live to be 100....well, the angels will be singing and I'll be wondering what magic has appeared. :)

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Frank, I agree with you. Our healthy minds will be a great asset to our enjoyment of old age. Thanks for sharing your sentiments.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thanks for your kind comment. Yes, a visit with Mother Louise always uplifts me too.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      MsDora what a beautiful, heartfelt hub.. hmm, I don't mind living as old as I get if I have a healthy mind.. That's the key for me.. healthy mind.. a chance to still remember my loved ones, my past my memories will be worth anything and everything.. a great hub once again :)

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A marvelous story about a marvelous woman. Thank you for sharing this with us. It is my first reading of the day and will uplift me all day long.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Word, happy to see you here and also to provide you some inspiration for your first read. Thanks for the love. You're special to me, too.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      HuntGoddess, Mother Louise would inspire to keep living. Of course, there's a place for you. Occupy it and enjoy it to the full. I'm one year behind you and fell very much alive. You go, girl!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Shauna, thanks for your kind sentiment. She will meet or exceed your expectations. I always feel so uplifted in her presence.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi MsDora, your article is very inspiring. This is the first thing I've read this morning. I am so moved by Mother Louise. She is a living legend! She and you gets a lot of my love!

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      Huntgoddess 2 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Wow, this Hub is quite a treasure, and a gift. I wish I could meet Mother Louise. She is also very beautiful, I see from that photo!

      Thanks so much for this.

      I am 67 years old. Sometimes it seems that society just expects me to get ready to die, and then do it. There is no place for me anymore, in our society.

      Mother Louise is an inspiration. She is my role model.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      What an amazing woman! I would love to spend some time with her. She has a lifetime of stories to tell and wisdom to share.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      George, the centenarian agrees with you. Thanks for your input.

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      georgescifo 2 years ago from India

      Being happy is the key to being in a better health and increase your life expectancy. Being happy really keeps a lot of diseases at bay and will help you to live longer.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jodah, wise and wonderful, I agree. Thanks for your positive comment.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Grace, thank you for your glowing comments on Mother Louise. She deserves them all.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great hub MsDora. Mother Louise sounds like a wise and wonderful woman. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 2 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Ms. Dora, what a heartfelt and beautiful hub about a very positive woman. Mother Louise aptly demonstrates the results of a positive mindset, consciousness, and psychology. She truly exemplify the paradigm that age is just a number. Many blessings to her.