Lucia DeClerck, like anyone who has lived to be over a century old, probably has some advice about how to maintain good health.
The 105-year-old attributes her long life to a combination of gin-soaked raisins, prayer, and avoiding processed foods.
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The centenarian, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on her 105th birthday last month, survived the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic as a baby and has now recovered. It was an unfortunate birthday present, but luckily DeClerck’s was quite moderate.
I didn’t realise I had it,” she said on the TODAY Food video discussion. “Right now, I’m feeling great.”
Mystic Meadows Rehab and Nursing Center resident and COVID-19 kicker DeClerck is somewhat of a local celebrity in Little Egg Harbor, New Jersey, but she is mystified by the attention.
She was astonished by the amount of interest shown in her and exclaimed, “Oh my goodness, I’m astounded.”
Nonetheless, a centenarian should be accustomed to all the attention. Aside from her six grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and eleven great-great-grandchildren, the entire Mystic Meadows staff jokingly competes to be in charge of her care.
DeClerck claims that her Christian faith has sustained her throughout her life’s many trials, including two world wars, three marriages, and a heart failure diagnosis. The New Jersey woman always has her rosary beads on hand because she organises a weekly prayer service at Mystic Meadows.
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This vivacious woman attributes much of her success to her healthy diet. An example? DeClerck was stumped when she was asked about her go-to cheat meals. The birthday girl, who is 105 years old, will get a tiny treat even though she has long since given up junk food.
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So, how about those raisins that were doused in gin? The centenarian has been dipping these special treats herself every day for decades (“Not more than 50 years,” she says). One of DeClerck’s granddaughters, Shawn Laws O’Neil, has indicated that her grandmother, over the years, has attempted many different health remedies and old wives’ tales.