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Josephine, 99 years

'Jo' is 99 years old and still going strong. She is looking forward to her 100th birthday next April. She was born in Toronto in 1905. She had 4 sisters and 2 brothers. She is the oldest of all.

I never married and had no boyfriend as I was very shy. I developed a hearing problem when I got the measles in grade school.  So it was hard to know what was going on.  Eventually, I lost all my hearing, but I managed to get through high school.

My dad was quite a clever man. He was a dentist and he built a big house - the house is still there. There were seven rooms altogether, five on the first floor and two on the second floor. My nephew still lives there.  My mother was an American. She grew up in Detroit. She was a good cook and we ate everything. In those days, they canned everything. My mother never knew how much food we had - When she found out that we had 105 canned vegetables and fruits in the basement, she stopped.

I was always a reader; I read everything, but I really like detective stories - what we used to call 'who done its.' It was 1910 when we started getting 'National Geographic' - we had tons of them at home. There were always pictures so you knew how the places looked like. It was almost a fight when it came in. As soon as I start reading, I am lost. The library brings 10-15 books to me at a time.

Oh, I think Peel Senior Link is terrific. I have a bad back that seems to get worse. So I really appreciate them making my bed.  They do a lot for me - even grocery shopping. They just get what I need as far as food goes. I can dress myself, but they lay out clothes for me every morning because I don't see well. I think they are wonderful.