According to Statistics Canada, the number of Canadians who live to be 100 and over is expected to rise in the next few decades. In fact, these population projections estimate there could be 80,000 people in this age group by the year 2061. To gain a better understanding of what it takes to live a longer and healthier life, it’s important to learn how today’s centenarians live. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of senior care Vancouver families trust, discusses the lives of the oldest people currently living in Canada.
1. Maude Mingo
Mingo, a mother of 3, was born on July 2, 1906. She lives in Hamilton in a cozy house decorated with family photos. When she was younger, she helped raise and feed many neighborhood kids, and she also had a talent for making distinctive jewelry and proudly ran her own bakery. Mingo attributes her longevity to receiving a lot of love from family and her determination to never give up no matter what life throws at her. In 1998 she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and she now has a nurse who cares for her.
2. Louise-Anna Turcotte
Turcotte is a 111-year-old senior who was born on September 5, 1905. She lives in Quebec close to her family, who lovingly help care for her. Turcotte had 3 daughters with her first husband. After her first husband’s death, she married a farmer with 7 children of his own. Turcotte credits her longevity to a healthy diet, faith, and a loving family.
3. Cecilia Laurent
Born January 31, 1896, Laurent is a 120-year-old mother of 6 who is a growing celebrity in Laval, Quebec. In her younger years, she had a passion for crafting and enjoyed creating fabric dolls for the people she loved. Laurent attributes her longevity to her deep Christian faith, staying away from junk food, and eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and chicken. She also keeps her mind sharp by watching game shows regularly.
4. Ellen “Dolly” Gibb
Born on April 26, 1905, this 111-year-old mother of 2 currently lives in North Bay with one of her daughters. In her teenage years she was given the nickname “Dolly” because of her fashion sense. Even though Gibb has hearing loss and needs the aid of a wheelchair, she has a sharp mind and maintains good overall health. Gibb credits her longevity to good genetics, healthy eating habits, and walking frequently due to rarely owning a car.
Making a few key lifestyle choices can increase your senior loved one’s chances of living a longer and healthier life. If your loved one needs help maintaining healthier habits, turn to Home Care Assistance. We offer a program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to exercise regularly, eat well, maintain strong social ties, and focus on a variety of other lifestyle factors that promote longevity. In addition to respite and live-in care, we also offer specialized Parkinson’s, stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Vancouver, BC, seniors can rely on. For more information on our in-home care services, call one of our qualified Care Managers at to schedule a no-obligation consultation.